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Create A Character Competition

Join our comic book character competiton as part of this year's Beano inspired Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!

Time Travel - The Harvey Briggs Cup for Writing - entries now closed.

Young people age 14 and under are invited to write a story, poem or news article on the theme of 'Time Travel' for this year's Harvey Briggs Cup For Writing Competition. There are many tales to tell around this topic - turning back the clock, going through a wormhole, or visiting the future to name a few.

This competition was initiated by Harvey Briggs in 2006. As a longstanding farming correspondent for Isle of Man newspapers and a writer himself, he wanted to encourage young people to write creatively. Onchan Library was renamed in honour of Harvey Briggs in 2015, and the library is proud to hold this competition in his memory.

Children have until Saturday 14th April to fire up their imaginations and start writing. The overall winner will receive The Harvey Briggs Cup for Writing, and there will be prizes for the runners-up. Each entry must be the entrant's own work, and please ensure that name, age and contact details are included. Please contact The Harvey Briggs Onchan Library Tel: 621228 or email for more information.

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 - Prize Winners

It was a thrilling summer for children taking part in the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge. This fun project encouraged children to do more reading, solve mysteries, and even try some Secret Agent Training. Over 200 children from the library took part in this National event presented by The Reading Agency, and aided by sponsorship from Old Mutual International of Onchan.

Children from 4 – 12 years of age were delighted to be awarded medals and certificates for their reading, with pre-schoolers receiving cuddly animal toys. There was an action-packed programme of free activities for families to enjoy each week, as well as a Design a Wanted Poster Competition and the strange case of the Mystery of The Missing Book to crack.

Mrs Pauline Smith from Laxey kindly undertook the very difficult task of judging the Wanted Posters, featuring children’s favourite fictional baddies. The Mystery Competition winners were decided by draws from all the correct entries. Prize winners were invited to a presentation ceremony at the library to be attended by Wendy Ranft-Gerber from Old Mutual International, Anthony Allen, Chairman of Onchan District Commissioners, and James Cherry, Lead Member for Properties and Amenities, Onchan District Commissioners.

Animal Agents Prize Draw

Imogen Cowell                                                         

Amazing Animals Prize Draw 

Cory Kinrade                                                            

The Mystery of the Missing Book Prize Draw

Hannah Smith                                                                    

Detective Dog Prize Draw 

Lucia Murphy                                                             

Wanted Poster Competition           

 Age 5 & Under


Malakai Hynes                                                                   

Runners – Up

Gabriel Campbell, Teigan Cowell, and Sophie Tat               

Age 6 – 8


Rowan Coulter                                                            

Runners – Up

Malane Bradley, Isabella Browning and Chloe Tat                                              

Age 9 – 12

Joint Winners

Grace Gawne and Lily-Rose Gawne

Runners – Up

Fynn Bradley, Carys Coulter and Poppy Gerrard                                          


    Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge                                         

You can sign up now for 'Animal Agents' this year's national Summer Reading Challenge produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries. We're supporting the challenge, aided by sponsorship from Old Mutual International. Children between the ages of four and 11 can take part – it's free, and you can join at any time throughout the summer.

Animal Agents have been brought to life by Tony Ross, who illustrates books for best-selling author David Walliams, and the Horrid Henry series. This particular detective agency is staffed by all kinds of clever animals who need eagle-eyed kids to help them by reading books and finding clues to solve some strange mysteries happening in the library.

Children receive an Animal Agents folder, and collect stickers to help them crack the case with every two books they read. Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors Old Mutual International, children also collect goodies along the way such as Animal Agents key rings, book bags and a medal for completing the challenge. All the children who complete the challenge will be entered into a prize draw.

Our sponsors have kindly provided fantastic prizes for all the fun competitions too! Watch out for exciting activities throughout the summer holidays – solve a Cluedo style mystery in the library, design a wanted poster, or join a summer holiday event!

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