Young bookworms celebrate completing the summer challenge

Alderley Edge Library recently hosted an awards ceremony for the youngsters who completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

Councillor Craig Browne attended to present medals and certificates on Saturday, 14th September, to the 4 to 11 year olds who completed the challenge.

Organised by the Reading Agency, children are challenged to read six library books of their choice and they receive a little incentive at each stage to encourage them.

This year was the 20th Summer Reading Challenge. The theme was 'Space Chase' which was chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. This proved to be a very popular theme with 109 children starting the challenge and 56 managing to read all six books.

Jodrell Bank donated 'Kids Go Free' vouchers enabling all participants to visit their Moon Landing 50 events and the libraries hosted a wide variety of fun activities throughout the summer. Many of the activities were funded by donation from the Alderley Edge Institute Village Trust.

One parent said "My daughter really enjoyed this year's challenge and we have visited Jodrell Bank for the first time which she loved so much that we will be going back."

Councillor Craig Browne said "I was delighted to present the medals and certificates to the young people again this year. They really seemed to have enjoyed the books they had read and visiting the library.
He added "Once again, I would like to thank the children for taking part, their parents for encouraging them to come along to the library and finally the staff for organising this year's programme."

Jo Shannon, Library Services Manager said "Once again children in Cheshire East have surpassed themselves borrowing 181,139 books during July and August. Although we're at the end of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, we hope that children across the borough will continue to enjoy their reading. We look forward to seeing them in their local libraries where they can borrow a never-ending supply of wonderful books and take part in a wide range of activities and learn new skills".

Summer Reading Challenge