Young people will have the chance to play mini bowling and Nintendo Wii as part of an initiative designed to get them engaged with the library service.
The games afternoon will take place on Saturday, 18 August between 2pm and 3.30pm in the Central Library’s HeadSpace area, which is a space in the library designed by teenagers where they can read, meet and volunteer.
Games on the day will also include chocolate draughts and Cluedo and there will be prizes for the winners.
In addition to the HeadSpace games event, Swindon Borough Council’s library service will also be holding a competition for young library members to design their own super villain.
The competition will coincide with the release of this summer’s superhero blockbuster films The Amazing Spider-Man and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and will run until 2 September.
It is open to young people aged between 11 and 19 and those taking part can submit a piece of artwork or a short story with a character description. Superhero artwork will also be welcomed.
Prize winners can scoop High Street vouchers worth up to £40. Competition entries should be dropped off at local libraries and include the entrant’s name, contact details and library card number attached.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Strategic Transport who is also responsible for the borough’s libraries, said: “These fun activities are a great way of encouraging young people to use our excellent library service during the summer holidays.
“Studies have shown that children who use libraries are likely to be above average readers so it is important young people use our libraries so they can return to school after the summer holidays more confident and with improved reading skills.”
Anyone who would like to enter the super villain competition but is not a library member can find details of how to join at any local library.
For more information about the council’s library service visit: www.swindon.gov.uk/libraries