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Thursday 20 December 2012

Reading challenge inspires hundreds of youngsters

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The Summer Reading Challenge has inspired a whole new generation of young readers.

Almost 200 more children have now taken out library membership thanks to the Council-supported initiative.

Around 4,800 schoolchildren took part and were challenged to visit the library at least four times and read six books over the summer break.

A total of 2,774 children completed the challenge and received a medal and certificate at special ceremonies across the Borough attended by MPs, councillors and local VIPs.

Emily Culshaw, of Wistaston Church Lane Primary School, in Crewe, won the National Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) with her literary contribution to complete Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s ‘Red Man Green Man’.

The Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor George Walton, who supported the challenge, said: “What a fantastic success – hundreds more children involved in their local libraries and a national winner for Crewe.

“Cheshire East is an excellent place for our children to be educated, with fantastic libraries that nurture a culture of learning in leisure time.”

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of libraries at Cheshire East Council,

said: “We are truly proud of our libraries and we understand how important they are to the community, especially to the development of young people.

“We support any initiative that promotes reading among young people and we are extremely proud of Emily, who has done so well to win the competition.”

About the summer challenge:

The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to improve literary levels and supports informal learning in partnership with schools, parents, carers and library staff. Library staff visited 61 schools to promote the challenge.

A total 2,492 children attended events this year which included many run by library staff as well as outside agencies and Cheshire East partners.

As in previous years, the events were varied including Crazy Colin the magician, crafts, stories, arts, and dance as well as 49 award ceremonies.

We also welcomed the contribution of the Council’s leisure development team who provided 13 active play and craft sessions for children and their families in the libraries.

Volunteers were recruited and trained at 14 libraries and a total of 63 SRC volunteers joined the libraries over the summer.

Their help was extremely valuable and many libraries would have struggled to maintain their high standards without their contribution.

The volunteers ranged in age from 12 to 70 and the most common age range was 16 to 19. These volunteers gave the libraries a record total of 1,531 hours of their time and were highly valued

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