Worcestershire's libraries are celebrating their Summer Reading Challenge achievements this week following the release of regional results by The Reading Agency.
The County took the top spot in the West Midlands for the number of young volunteers recruited to help children aged 4 – 12 years to complete the challenge and had the second highest completion rate.
180 young volunteers were recruited across Worcestershire's 21 libraries. 4,704 children signed up to the Challenge to read six books over the summer holidays, 378 more than in 2016. And of these children 72% went on to complete the challenge, 15% higher than the national average (57%).
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities said: "We are absolutely delighted with these results. The achievements across the West Midlands are outstanding so Worcestershire's libraries have done really well. The Summer Reading Challenge is such a great initiative for young children and our libraries teams and volunteers thoroughly enjoy being involved."
As a result of the Summer Reading Challenge children's books issues were boosted, this year 164,588 children's books were issued during the challenge. 289 children also joined Worcestershire's libraries as a result of the Challenge.
Performance across the West Midlands was outstanding. Overall 47,405 children took part and over 62% completed the challenge. 1706 additional children under the age of 4 also took part in the mini-challenge, 438 of these were from Worcestershire.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme run by The Reading Agency which takes place every year and is delivered by libraries. Because children's reading can dip over the long summer break the scheme encourages children aged 4 – 12 years to read six books over the summer holidays, with medals and certificates for all finishers.