Posted on: Monday 28 October 2019
Logan Weaver, 6, Pontypool, who attends New Inn Primary School has been awarded a £100 Smyths Toy Store gift card from Torfaen libraries.
Every summer Torfaen libraries take part in the Summer Reading Challenge which is run across the UK by The Reading Agency. The challenge encourages families to visit libraries during the summer holidays, and asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during this time.
Every Summer Reading Challenge is based around a theme, and this year’s theme was Space Chase, which was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This year, 733 children in Torfaen took part in the challenge, and 387 completed it.
To find the overall winner of the challenge, 387 children’s names were placed into a hat and a winner was chosen at random. Logan Weaver was crowned this year’s Summer Reading Challenge winner, and he was presented a medal, certificate and a £100 Smyths gift card in assembly on the morning on Thursday 24th October. The gift card was funded by the Welsh Books Council.
Councillor Richard Clark, executive member for economy, skills and regeneration, said: “Reading is such an important life skill, and if we can encourage young people to enjoy reading when they are young then hopefully they will continue to enjoy reading as they get older.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge, especially Logan, who was lucky enough to be crowned the winner this year.
“Our libraries always have something going on, especially during school holiday times, so I would like to encourage everyone to keep an eye on our libraries Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out the most up to date information.”
Emma Milne, 39, Pontypool (Logan’s mum), said: “We really enjoy visiting our local library, and we really enjoyed the summer challenge.
“Logan was really excited when he found out he had won, and we have a few Smyth Toy Store visits lined up.”
Find out more about the library service in Torfaen.