A record breaking number of children from around the county
signed up to and completed this year’s Summer Reading
In total, a fantastic 3657 children in Northumberland signed up
to the challenge - an increase of 650 on last year - and the
highest numbers since the challenge started in 1999.
This week a group of young readers were all smiles as they were
presented with certificates and medals as their reward for a summer
full of reading.
Every year Northumberland County Council’s libraries take part
in the national Summer Reading Challenge which is co-ordinated by
the Reading Agency.
The Challenge, now in its 15th year, is designed to help
children develop a love of reading, boost their confidence and
teach them new skills.
As well as fun games and craft activities held at libraries
across the county, the youngsters aged from four to 11 are
encouraged to read six or more books over the summer. They receive
incentives along the way and then a medal and certificate when they
complete the challenge.
Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community
infrastructure and culture said:
“It is absolutely fantastic that we have had a record number of
children join the challenge this year and I’d like to congratulate
every single child who took part.
"It’s really important that youngsters are encouraged to read.
The Reading Challenge is a great way of doing this so more families
visit their local libraries, enjoy reading together and discover
all the fantastic free resources that are available.”