The results of the Summer Reading Challenge are in, and they make happy reading for Worcestershire Libraries. The County has emerged joint first in the West Midlands for the number of children completing the challenge, first for the number of young volunteers involved and second for the number of books issued over the summer.
figures across the board were up from 2015, with more children participating,
more completing the challenge, more volunteers and more books issued.
This year in Worcestershire alone 3888 children took part and 71% completed the
challenge, an increase of 14% from last year. An amazing 190,374 books
were issued and 238 new members signed up. And an impressive 279 young
volunteers helped out in libraries across the county and at the special events
held at National Trust Croome.
Midlands as a whole also performed very well, with 100% of library authorities
participating. Overall 50,593 children took part and over 30,000 completed the
challenge. More than 2,000 additional children under the age of 4 also took part
in the mini-challenge, 415 of these were from Worcestershire.
results from the Reading Agency's family participation survey were also were
very positive, demonstrating that families really value and enjoy taking part
in the Challenge, that it increases the amount that families talk about and
read books over the summer and it promotes library usage.
children taking part said: "Amazing, it has transformed by son's
attitude towards books. He is now a confident rather than a reluctant
reader and has moved up 4 levels of books as a result." Another
commented: "It is great that audio books can also count as both my
children are dyslexic but love listening to stories." And another
said: "Awesome. The
expertise of the library staff and volunteers in encouraging and supporting
children is tremendous."
taking part said: "Brilliant. It really helped me read lots of books.
I have been stuck on silver band at school and you have really helped me read
better. I think I will move up a reading band soon because of you." And
another said: "It was very very enjoyable."
Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities, said:
We are really very pleased and proud of these results. Each year more and
more children are getting involved and benefiting from this scheme. The
Challenge is a brilliant incentive, encouraging children to read over the long
summer holiday when reading abilities can dip. And our library staff and
volunteers are excellent at helping the children discover the enjoyment of
by The Reading Agency, The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children in
England, Scotland and Wales to read six books during the summer holiday. There
is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fact
books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are
borrowed from the library. Children receive special rewards each time they
finish a book and there is a certificate for everyone who completes the