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Children awarded for Summer Reading Challenge

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Published: 19/09/2013

The group were chosen to represent more than 7,000 children in South Gloucestershire who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year, making it our most successful reading challenge ever. The children were presented their awards by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, at a special celebration event held at Hanham Library.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge was Creepy House and it really captured the children’s imagination. The challenge was free to enter and took place in all South Gloucestershire libraries between 13 July and 14 September. Children were challenged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way.

Cllr Ian Boulton said: “It has been a record breaking year for the Summer Reading Challenge in South Gloucestershire and it’s fantastic to see so many children excited about Creepy House and motivated to read. Taking part in the challenge can make a big difference to children and helps them to be more enthusiastic readers. It also helps maintain their reading levels over the holidays so that they return to school inspired and ready to learn.”

One of the children receiving their medal and certificate this year was seven-year-old Isaac Hillier from Hanham who has now completed his third challenge. Isaac’s mum, Mrs Katherine Hillier, said: “Isaac has taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge for a number of years and has kept all the posters and lists of books he has read. It has become part of his summer holiday activities. He has loved this year’s theme and this has encouraged his reading and he has now moved from young readers to more advanced children’s books.”

More than 50 volunteers have supported children taking part in the challenge by listening to them talk about their books and helping with the activities in the library. To recognise their contribution, the volunteers from Hanham Library were also awarded with certificates at the event. Mrs Hillier said: “The free craft activities have been brilliant and kept both my children occupied on Thursdays. It has been lovely to have the teenagers volunteering as the children have enjoyed their company.”

As part of the Challenge, libraries held a range of free creative activities throughout the summer including creepy creations workshops where children created their own robots and scary creatures using household materials.

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