Summer Reading Challenge a success again in Suffolk libraries

Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:16

Thousands of children across Suffolk have been collecting their certificates and medals from libraries after completing this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Over 7,400 children took part in the county’s libraries, this summer, reading nearly 78,000 books.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the country’s biggest literacy campaign and challenges young children to read six books during the summer holidays to keep up their reading skills. Organised by the Reading Agency and run by libraries, it’s also a great way to introduce young children to the colourful and wonderful world of books. It can also be a great way to introduce them to the library with over 2,000 children signing up for their first library card in Suffolk this summer.  Sample surveys by library staff also found that taking part in the summer reading challenge increased children’s enjoyment of reading.

The theme this year has been ‘Mischief Makers’ celebrating 80 years of the Beano with plenty of Beano themed activities and Dennis the Menace making an appearance in many libraries!  Every child who completes the challenge and reads all six books receives a medal and certificate.

Krystal Vittles, Head of Service Delivery at Suffolk Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge continues to be a hugely successful and important campaign which offers a fun way of encouraging children to keep up their reading so they don’t fall behind during the summer. Our staff and volunteers have done a fantastic job running activities and supporting the challenge once again.”

The following presentation ceremonies are still due to take place in libraries this week 

  • Stradbroke Library, Thursday 27 September at 4pm
  • Ixworth Library, Friday 28 September at 6pm
  • Saxmundham Library, Saturday 29 September at 2pm.


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