YOUNG borough bookworms can enjoy some intergalatic fun this summer in an outer space reading adventure.

Dudley Council's annual Summer Reading Challenge, being held at borough libraries, has kicked off in style with the arrival of the daleks, the infamous sci-fi villain, which popped into Halesowen Library for some sci-fi fun.

This year, the theme of the challenge is 'Space Hop', with children, aged between four and 16, encouraged to read six library books of their choice throughout the school holidays.

Last year more than 3,000 children took part in the free challenge, with participants who complete the challenge receiving a medal and a certificate, as well as getting the chance to win prizes ranging from concert tickets to family fun days out.

As part of the challenge, libraries will also be holding free space themed craft activities.

The sessions will take place at Netherton Library from 10am until 11am on Thursday and Sedgley Library from 11am until noon on Friday.

All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Councillor David Simms, cabinet member for libraries and archives, said: "Completing the challenge is a fulfilling experience for children, who are able to take part in free activities and fun sessions at their libraries during their summer holidays.

" I would like to encourage every parent of eligible children to register as soon as possible and do whatever they can to encourage them on this challenge.”

Registration forms to sign up for the six week challenge are available at all borough libraries.