Posted on: Monday 11 December 2017
Record numbers of children in Torfaen completed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge by reading six library books or more during the school holidays.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme run by the Reading Agency and aims to encourage children to read for pleasure, and prevent their reading skills from dipping during the summer break.
Animal Agents, the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, was based on a detective agency staffed by clever animals who are out to crack a case at the library.
More than 1000 local children took on the challenge this year with 547 finishing, earning themselves a medal and entry into a prize draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
Anita Arshi, age six, from Maendy Primary School, was drawn as the lucky winner and was presented with her prize at a school assembly by the Mayor of Torfaen, councillor Jessica Powell.
Councillor Alan Jones, executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a lot of fun and is a great way to get children reading more.
“More children completed the challenge than ever before, and it is fantastic to see so many children getting excited about books and reading.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is just one of many activities Torfaen’s libraries are running to help children develop a love of reading, gain confidence and learn new skills. More details can be found on the libraries Facebook page www.facebook.com/torfaenlibraries or by calling into the libraries in Blaenavon, Cwmbran or Pontypool.