Young­sters ex­cel in books chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

HUN­DREDS of young­sters have been tak­ing part in a sum­mer read­ing chal­lenge.

More than 960 lo­cal chil­dren are tak­ing part in the chal­lenge, a na­tional event that takes place ev­ery year dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

Run by the char­ity The Read­ing Agency, the aim of the ini­tia­tive is to help chil­dren main­tain lit­er­acy levels while they are away from school dur­ing the long sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod, as well as to make friends and show that read­ing is fun.

Be­fore the end of the sum­mer, Mac­cles­field Li­brary, which is the Chal­lenge’s lo­cal hub, hopes to have reached 1,000 chil­dren.

MP David Rut­ley saw on his re­cent visit that the an­nual event is as pop­u­lar as ever.

At the li­brary, he vis­ited the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge Desk, where chil­dren sign up to take part in the Chal­lenge and re­ceive their read­ing packs; the desk is manned by some of the Li­brary’s young vol­un­teers.

He also spoke with some of the chil­dren who have taken up the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge, and their par­ents, and was pleased to hear how much they are en­joy­ing the books that they are read­ing.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, David said: “It is very pos­i­tive to see that so many lo­cal young peo­ple have taken up the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge this year. My thanks go to all the staff and vol­un­teers at Mac­cles­field Li­brary for the work that they do to sup­port this ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive. I was also pleased to hear about the great progress that the Li­brary has been mak­ing since its re­fur­bish­ment, and to see its new fa­cil­i­ties. What­ever the time of year, there is al­ways some­thing hap- pen­ing at Mac­cles­field Li­brary, and I would en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to con­tinue mak­ing the most of this important com­mu­nity as­set.”

Chil­dren and young peo­ple are en­cour­aged to sign up at their lo­cal li­brary, and then to read six li­brary books of their choice to com­plete the Chal­lenge.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is free and chil­dren will also re­ceive an al­bum and six sets of colour­ful stick­ers as they make their way through their books – and a cer­tifi­cate and medal on com- ple­tion of the chal­lenge.

Ev­ery year’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge has a dif­fer­ent theme, based on a se­ries of chil­dren’s books. This year’s is ‘An­i­mal Agents’, fea­tur­ing a de­tec­tive agency staffed by bears, rab­bits, dogs and snakes.

David Rut­ley MP with, on the right, Joanne Shan­non from Mac­cles­field Li­brary, and Alex Bramwell from Mac­cles­field Li­brary on the left, as well as par­ents and chil­dren tak­ing part in the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge

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