Summer Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony held at The Hive

age 9 from Worcester
Emily Tipper, age 9 from Worcester
Published Friday, 23rd October 2015

The Hive has hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the hundreds of children who took part in this year's annual Summer Reading Challenge.

This year over 400 children completed the Reading Challenge at the Hive, and at the Awards Ceremony each child was presented with a certificate and a special medal. Also celebrated were 25 young volunteer "Reading Hacks" who have given hours of their time to support younger children with their reading.

As so many children completed the Reading Challenge this year, the celebration was split in to four ceremonies, which took place at The Hive on Wednesday 21 October from 5pm-6pm and Thursday 22 October from 5pm-6pm.

The Summer Reading Challenge helps to engage young children and families in reading, providing incentives for them to read 6 books over the summer holidays. Participating is proven to raise literacy and reading levels in the children who take part, and helps to instil a love of reading into daily life for those families who participate.

This year's theme of Record Breakers inspired "The Hive Book of Records" where children recorded their achievements throughout the Challenge. Children set records at our events during the summer holidays for the furthest flight of paper aeroplane (8 m), the highest jump (1.9m) and the fastest texter (in 60 seconds) among others. The Book is a fantastic record of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 and will be on display in the Children's Library until 8th November and after which time it will be housed in the Worcestershire County Archives at The Hive in perpetuity.

The theme for the awards this year was Hollywood Glamour. Children, parents, staff and guests were invited to come dressed in their finest outfit or costume.

Janine Downes, Library Manager, said: "We are delighted that so many families took part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year. Reading is the single most important gift we can give to our children, and parents' support is vital to the success of that.

This year's events programme and storytelling sessions kept children coming in to The Hive throughout the holidays and the Awards Ceremony is a great celebration for everybody who took part.

With all the children dressed up, it looked like Oscars Night!"