Another successful Summer Reading Challenge for Caerphilly County Borough
Posted on : 02 Nov 2023
The Summer Reading Challenge ran in all libraries in Caerphilly County Borough from 8th July to 9th September 2023 and this year the theme was Ready, Set, Read!
The popular reading challenge organised by The Reading Agency encourages reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent the ‘dip’ in reading skills while children are out of school. It is free to take part in. This year 2,155 children registered to take part in the Challenge and 1231 completed the Challenge in Caerphilly Libraries.
Children received small rewards for participating in the Reading Challenge and the children who completed the challenge and read 6 books, earned a Ready, Set, Read certificate and medal.
Each library held a prize draw for all children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge, and we have also drawn a Grand Prize winner who was chosen from all children who have completed the Challenge. The Grand Prize winner was Louisa Jones age 5 from Caerphilly Library.
All the winners for the Summer Reading Challenge were invited to a Prize winners Presentation with The Mayor Cllr Michael Adams in the Council Chambers in Ty Penallta at 10am on Saturday 21st October. This service was also attended by Cllr Carol Andrews and Sue Richards, Head of Education, Planning and Strategy, and several members of library staff.
This year 4 libraries had 7 young people who were volunteer Reading ambassadors working in libraries to encourage children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. The volunteers were a huge help to library staff, and they were invited to the Presentation Ceremony and presented with a book token to thank them for their help.
The presentation was a lovely celebration of the children's dedication to reading during the summer.