Young readers smash records in Telford libraries

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced a record breaking summer in its libraries with hundreds of children across the borough completing the Summer Reading Challenge to read six books.

Young readers smash records in Telford libraries

This year 1,641 children between 5 and 11 years old took part in the Summer Reading Challenge, compared to 992 in 2013. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge was ‘Mythical Maze’ and children received incentives including stickers as they completed each book.

More than 1,000 of the young readers who took part in 2014 were awarded a medal and certificate for successfully completing the challenge, compared to 397 children last year.

Bookworms across the borough borrowed 10,000 more books from Telford libraries in July and August 2014 compared to the same period last year, thanks in part to the popularity of the new Southwater Library which opened its doors in July.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for customer services and libraries, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year, and have had fantastic feedback from parents and young readers alike.

“It is wonderful to see how proud they are of their medals and certificates, and how much they enjoyed choosing and reading the books.

“I would like to thank everyone who got involved and made the challenge such a huge success, including the volunteers who shared an incredible 824 hours of their time and of course the children who participated with such enormous enthusiasm.”

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