Posted on: Tuesday 23 October 2018
Almost a thousand children in Torfaen took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and read 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.
This year’s challenge was titled Mischief Makers and celebrated the 80th anniversary of the much-loved Beano comic.
More than 900 local children took on the challenge this year, earning themselves a medal and entry into a prize draw to wina Samsung Galaxy tablet.
Matilda Rose Trembath, age 5, from Woodlands Community Primary School, was drawn as the lucky winner and was presented with her prize at a school assembly.
Councillor Alan Jones, executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “It is fantastic to see so many children getting excited about books and reading.
“The Summer Reading Challenge is a lot of fun and is a great way to ensure that children’s reading skills don’t dip over the summer holidays.”
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 bycalling into the libraries in Blaenavon, Cwmbran or Pontypool.