Vale children prove their love of books
Published 17 October 2011
Vale children have been busy being bookworms over the
summer months, with many of them successfully completing the Summer
Reading Challenge 2011.
The national initiative is organised through libraries
across the UK and has been run locally by the Vale of Glamorgan
Council. It aims to encourage children aged 4-11 to keep reading
over the long summer holidays with incentives and activities
designed to create a buzz around reading. This year’s challenge had
a ‘circus stars’ theme to engage young readers and encourage them
to get involved.
To successfully complete the challenge children had to
read and rate six books. After each pair, they were rewarded with
goodie packs which included bookmarks and stickers. At the end of
the challenge, each child that had successfully completed it
received a certificate and a medal. Some libraries also organised
special presentation events with local councillors.
Gillian Southby, children’s librarian, Vale of Glamorgan
Council, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get
kids reading. Not only can they work towards the certificate and
medal, but they can also take advantage of the fantastic resources
on the national website. This year it included games, tips and
exclusive interviews with authors.
"The challenge has been really well received across all of
our libraries with around 1,500 taking part and 900 completing
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