Medals for young bookworms who completed summer reading challenge

Young people were presented with medals and certificates at Brandon Library for completing the 2017

Young people were presented with medals and certificates at Brandon Library for completing the 2017 Suffolk Libraries Summer Reading Challenge. Picture: PAULA BOWRING - Credit: Archant

Young bookworms were given a medal and a certificate for spending their summers reading.

Children today are sometimes thought more likely to be playing computer games than getting into a good book.

But these youngsters from Brandon showed that isn't the case, as they spent their summer holidays with animal-related reading and crafts as part of the Suffolk Libraries Summer Reading Challenge.

A special ceremony was held at the town's library for those who read six books or more.

Krystal Vittles, Suffolk Libraries development manager and children's lead, said: 'We're delighted that this year's Summer Reading Challenge has been so popular yet again and it's all down to the enthusiasm and hard work of our staff and volunteers.


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'It's always great to see libraries buzzing with children and the reading challenge is one of the most important campaigns for our library service.'

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and is designed to get children to keep reading during the school holidays.

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The activity has been proven to make a difference to children's reading and literacy skills during the long holidays, when reading activity often dips.

The theme for 2017 was 'Animal Agents', with libraries getting on board with a range of animal-related reading and craft activities.

All of Suffolk's 44 libraries held award ceremonies for children who have completed this year's challenge, with youngsters reading over 85,000 books and registered for nearly 2,300 library cards over six weeks.

Updated figures show the number of children taking part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge was the highest ever, at 8,362. This is slightly higher than in 2016 and it is the fifth consecutive year that the number of participants has gone up in Suffolk.

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