Thousands of pupils take up the Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Tuesday 25th August 2009 at 10:25 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Libraries’ annual summer reading scheme has been hailed a great success after more than 4,000 children signed up to take part in the Quest Seeker challenge during the summer holidays. As children read during the holidays they collected stickers (some being scratch and sniff ones) to complete a poster. Those reading six books completed the challenge and received a medal, certificate and free DVD hire voucher.

Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “South Gloucestershire Libraries are doing a crucial job instilling a love of reading in our young people, and they use the Summer Reading Challenge to reach more children each year”

In addition to joining in the reading challenge, children have taken part in a range of special activities around the Quest Seeker theme including kite construction, designing their own coat of arms, dragon making and creating puppet theatres.

Due to the success of the Summer Challenge, this year the library service was assisted by volunteers who were able to support children taking part in the activities. Thanking the volunteers for their support, Martin Burton Head of Library, Arts and Information said “The volunteers made a huge difference to the scheme this year and have enabled us to maintain the quality of the activities and spend time helping children choose books and take part in activities. The skills and experience they gain will also help them in their personal development”

There will be an award evening at Staple Hill Library on Thursday 27th August at 6.00 pm. During the evening some of the children who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge from Staple Hill Library will be presented with their medals and there will be a presentation of certificates to the volunteers by Cllr Shirley Holloway, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


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