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Library celebrates reading challenge

Published: Monday 18th September 2017 at 17:00

Library celebrates reading challenge

Presentations were held at Brandon Library over the weekend for children who completed the Suffolk Reading Challenge as part of a countrywide initiative.

Over 80 youngsters completed the challenge in Brandon and prizes were handed out on Friday by Peter Callaghan (Brandon Town Council Chairman) and Victor Lukaniuk (Town, District and County Councillor for Brandon).

All 44 libraries across Suffolk are holding, or have held, special award ceremonies for children who have completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge. Figures so far show that this year has been one of the most successful in Suffolk with around 8,280 children signing up to take part, reading over 85,000 books in the process. Nearly 2,300 children have also been registered with library cards during this time.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and helps to get three quarters of a million children into libraries across the country. It's a fun way of encouraging children to keep reading during the holidays and is produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by libraries. The theme for 2017 was 'Animal Agents', with libraries getting on board with a range of animal-related reading and craft activities.

All children who have completed the challenge by reading six books are invited to special ceremonies where they are presented with a medal and certificate. Many children take part year after year and thousands also get their very first library card so they can take part, so it’s a great way of getting children to discover the library from an early age.

The Summer Reading Challenge has been proven to make a difference to children's reading and literacy skills during the long holidays when reading activity often dips.

Krystal Vittles, Suffolk Libraries development manager and children's lead, said: "We're delighted that this year's Summer Reading Challenge has been so popular yet again and it’s all down to the enthusiasm and hard work of our staff and volunteers. It’s always great to see libraries buzzing with children, and the reading challenge is one of the most important campaigns for our library service."

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