03 September 2012

Children and volunteers from across the county who have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive their certificates at celebration events taking place throughout September.

Every year Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries take part in the national summer reading challenge co-ordinated by the Reading Agency to keep children reading through the school holidays.

Children are challenged to read at least six books of their own choice from the library. They collect stickers, and then a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge.

To celebrate the achievements of the children who have taken part, authors, key local figures and sports people will be visiting libraries to present the certificates and medals and to talk to the children about their reading achievements.

At the same time, certificates will be presented to the volunteers who have been helping out during the summer. Over 130 volunteers, mostly aged between 14 to 17, support the challenge by talking with the children about the books they have read, and helping with events and children’s activities.

Cabinet member for customers and communities Councillor Heather Smith said:

“Well done to all the children who have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge. It’s a great way to get children reading and enjoying books as well as encouraging families to visit their local libraries. Thanks also to all the volunteers who support the Summer Reading Challenge and make it a success.”