Calling all bookworms! Redditch Library receive their new books following reading challenge success

Austin and Constance Bennett pose at Redditch Library with new books. Published Tuesday, 20th August 2019

There’s nothing better than getting stuck into a new book, and Redditch Library have recently received £1,000 worth of new books, after winning a national reading challenge.

The library recently won the community group/library category of the 200 million minutes challenge.

The challenge aimed for 200 million minutes to be read nationally between World Book Day in March this year and Children’s Book Day in April.

In its first year of taking part in the challenge, which is designed by Achievement for All, Redditch library customers read 13,438 minutes.

The library has now received £1,000 worth of books in celebration for their efforts, courtesy of Pearson, which will be used to expand the children’s book collection.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: ”It’s wonderful that the children’s book collection at Redditch Library has boosted, following the hard work of all involved with the 200 million minutes challenge. I’d like to thank Pearson for the lovely books the library have now received. The extra books will really come in useful to all of our readers.”

The delivery could not have come at a better time as libraries across the county are currently mid-way through the Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, designed to keep children’s reading levels up over the summer holiday period.  

Redditch currently have over 500 children already signed up to and taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year.

It’s hoped that with an increase in the number of books to choose from, it will encourage more children to complete the challenge.