Young bookworms across the borough have been rewarded for taking part in the UK’s biggest reading for pleasure programme over the summer.
Children aged 4-11 were tasked with reading six books over the summer break as part of the Reading Agency’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ – with 767 out of 1149 participants going onto complete the challenge.
During this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, St Helens Library Service hosted a series of fun and creative crafts sessions in libraries across the borough, tied in with the nature theme ‘Wild World Heroes’ which looks at making a difference to the environment – a key priory of the council.
Speaking at an awards ceremony at St Helens Library – which saw the Mayor of St Helens Borough, Councillor Sue Murphy, present medals and certificates – Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said:
“The annual Summer Reading Challenge is such a massive occasion on the library service’s calendar which has seen many thousands of children participate over the years.
“Despite the challenging past 18-months, this is a wonderful testament to St Helens children’s love of book reading which should be encouraged from an early age, for it can only have positive effects on a young person’s development.”
To find out what other exciting events are planned in libraries over the coming months, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries