Youngsters excel in books challenge
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