Children's reading joy is rocketing..

October 06 2019

Children's reading joy is rocketing..

Councillor June Bamford presents certificates at Kingswood Library

CHILDREN at Kingswood Library were among the thousands of youngsters who took part in 20th annual summer reading challenge

To celebrate the successful completion of the 2019 initiative, children gathered at the library, which is now housed in the Civic Centre, and were presented with medals and certificates for reading six books through the summer months.

The national event was delivered by South Gloucestershire Council’s libraries service with the theme of this year’s challenge being ‘Space Chase’, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings.

Cllr June Bamford, vice chair of South Gloucestershire Council and Hanham ward councillor, attended the ceremony to present medals and certificates to the children and volunteers. She said: “I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to present the children and volunteers with their medals and certificates this evening. The summer reading challenge is a fantastic scheme which inspires children to read for pleasure, as well as developing their reading skills and confidence so that they return to school ready to learn. 

“It’s fantastic to see the children and their families so enthusiastic about reading. Thank you to the library service, the volunteers and all of the families who have taken part for helping to make this year’s challenge such a success.” 

Children signed-up for the scheme at their local library where they were presented with a folder to keep a record of their summer reading challenge journey.

Callum Boulton, one of the children involved, said: “I enjoyed reading books, joining in the activities, face painting and I enjoyed the lunches at the library and met some new friends.”