Suffolk Library summer reading challenge has best year yet

Participants in the Summer Reading Challenge at Brandon Library.

Participants in the Summer Reading Challenge at Brandon Library. - Credit: Archant

Brandon Library has marked the first anniversary of moving to the new Brandon Centre by playing its part in the best ever Summer Reading Challenge figures for Suffolk.

Over 8,000 children took part across the county this summer which has broken the previous record set last summer.

The new library at the Brandon Centre was hosting its first summer reading challenge and 76 children between the ages of 4 and 13 completed all the 6 books necessary to complete the challenge and receive a certificate and medal.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a literacy campaign run by the Reading Agency which encourages children to keep up their reading during the holidays.

This year's theme, 'Mythical Maze', saw children find their way round a labyrinth meeting fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, collecting stickers and other incentives along the way as they read up to six books.

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Volunteers and library staff spent time listening to children talk about the books in the library and challengers could also take part in mythical-themed art competitions, treasure hunts and puzzles.

Brandon Library Manager Mat Sheldrick, said: 'It's been great to hear about all the books and eBooks which children have read. We have had interesting reviews and information on everything from David Walliams to wrestling, Horrid Henry to rainbow magic fairies, and ballet to football.

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'I would like to thank parents, families, schools, staff, and volunteers for all helping to make this year's challenge such a success. We also want to thank our local 'Friends of Brandon Library' group and Waterstones in Bury St Edmunds, for providing prizes for the competitions and activities.'

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