The Summer Reading Challenge’s conclusion was marked last weekend as successful young readers received certificates and medals from local MP Mark Pawsey at Rugby Library.
The Summer Reading Challenge is organised by the Reading Agency in conjunction with library’s up and down the UK, and Rugby Library was host to a short ceremony with Mark Pawsey MP and the Mayor of Rugby handing out certificates and medals to those who had completed this year’s challenge. Over 700 children took part across Warwickshire with this years challenge taking a topical inspiration from the Women’s World Cup tying into the “Ready, Set Read!” theme of the challenge.
This year, children were able to set their own challenges and targets for the year, enabling them to make the most out of the summer holiday. They were supported in the reading challenge with craft activities and technology events hosted by Rugby Library, as well as some friendly sporting competitions using the library’s Nintendo Switch.
After presenting some of Rugby’s young readers with their medals, Mark commented:
“The Summer Reading Challenge is a great programme that helps children, particularly of primary school age, continue to read and learn over the summer – and most importantly, it makes it fun. I was really interested to hear how this year they were able to build on the ‘Ready, Set, Read’ theme and sport more generally by linking to the great performance of the Lionesses at the Women’s Football World Cup, and helping to inspire the next generation whilst also ensuring that they continue to develop the vital skill of reading.”
“Having 700 children taking part is a real achievement and I was delighted to be able to present some of the successful participants with their medals for completing the challenge at Rugby Library. It’s always good to see the enthusiasm for the event over the summer and I hope that children in Rugby will continue to embrace the joys of reading.”