Children & Young People

From Somerset County Council libraries service-‘Read The Books & Catch The Crook…’

Read The Books & Catch The Crook

Somerset libraries are inviting children to help the Animal Agents – a bunch of furry, slippery and feathered friends – solve a mystery in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

To take part all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer.

As they read their books, each child will receive special stickers (some of which are very smelly), to help complete their Animal Agents collectors folder and solve the library mystery.

Everyone who completes the challenge by reading six books will receive a certificate and a unique Summer Reading Challenge Medal.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council said: “We’re delighted to participate in this national challenge to encourage children to keep reading through the holidays. Last year we had more than 7000 children take part in the challenge, in libraries all across Somerset. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our community by working with schools and families to encourage in children a love of reading.”

Young readers can also go on the website to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.  As well as revealing the clues, each sticker contains a code. During the summer, the codes can be entered to unlock extra surprises.

The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge, which is free to join, runs from Saturday 15 July until Saturday 9 September.


The ATC offers opportunities to young men and women (ages 13-18) to experience service life and take part in all kinds of sporting and adventure training and activities. Parade nights Mondays and Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, the Park, Castle Cary. Contact Sgt (ATC) Dan Purnell: 01963 350692; email Further information at:


Unfortunately Cary Guides are not active at the moment, but we would be very interested to hear from anyone willing to restart the unit. Contact Mrs Joy Cross, (01963) 350936.


The Castle Cary Children’s Centre provides free advice, information and support to families with children under 5 in the Castle Cary, Bruton and Queen Camel area. We offer the following programme:

Mondays 1.15-3pm. Bruton Busy Bees in the Unionist Hall, Bruton.

Tuesday 10-11am. Sensory Baby in the Swainson Building, Castle Cary.

Thursdays 10.0011.30am Time Together: drop in for parents and children at the Scout Hall, Castle Cary.

Friday 10am-12noon Messy Monkeys at the Scout Hall, Castle Cary

Every other Saturday 10am-12noon Saturdads: a drop in session for dads and children up to eight years old in the Swainson Building,Castle Cary

For more details contact Castle Cary Children’s Centre 01963 359098 or email or


Rainbows is for young girls of 5 – 7 1/2 to play games, have fun, practice crafts and enjoy other seasonal activities. Rainbows is part of the Girl Guiding Association, and is followed by Brownies. Meetings on Tuesdays, 6.15 – 7.15 pm in the BP Hall. Contact Jackie Targett, (01963) 350004.


Contact Mr Malcom Wake, (01963) 35941 or (07773) 515511.


Contact Mrs Zoe Mitchell, (01963) 350931.


Mrs Audrey Stokes, (01963) 350341.


Contact Mrs Susie Higgins, (01963) 351025,


Contact Mrs Lin Norman, (01963) 351523,


Thursday night youth club in the Swainson Building for ages 13-17; 7-9pm; come along to enjoy games sessions, craft workshops and other activities, to eat delicious cakes and to plan for the following week. We’re also planning sessions on things like pizza making and cooking. Just drop in, or contact Fray Cronie on for more information or FB site Cary Youth Matters Youthie