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Young readers win library competition

Created on 17/11/2016 @ 16:29
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Young readers from Newtown and Llanidloes have been presented prizes to celebrate their success in a reading challenge that took place this summer.

Children aged between four and 12 were challenged to read six library books over the summer holidays as part of ‘The Big Friendly Read’ the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge.

Those that completed the challenge were automatically entered into a prize draw, with prizes generously donated by both businesses and individuals.

The winners were Grace Evans, aged seven, at Newtown Library, who won a Golden Ticket for the Roald Dahl Museum; Amber Rowlands, aged eight at Llanidloes Library who won a family ticket to The Animalarium, Borth; and Oliver Clarke, aged ten at Newtown Library, who won a boxed set of Roald Dahl books.

Over 25,000 children’s books have been borrowed from Powys County Council libraries over the school summer holidays this year.

There was an increase in numbers taking part in this year’s challenge, compared to 2015, and a significant increase over 2014.  This shows a strong upward trend in the numbers of children reading for please in Powys.

Trish Thomas, the council’s Reader Development Librarian, said: “The figures show that libraries continue in the right direction to increase active readers and encourage the enjoyment of reading in schools and communities. We wish to thank the businesses and individuals who donated prizes to support us.”

Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Library Services, said: “One of the key aims of the council is to help transform skills and learning and to make sure all children and young people are supported to achieve their full potential. Reading for pleasure is a vital key to learning, and I believe that our libraries play a significant role in helping the council to work towards this aim.

“Being free at the point of delivery, libraries are particularly well placed to offer a wide range of resources to everyone, including those from more disadvantaged backgrounds.”

In addition to the benefits of reading for pleasure, 15 young volunteers gave 125 hours of their time to learn new skills and support their communities, through taking on a “Reading Activist” role in their local libraries.

Photo: Seven-year-old is pictured with her Golden Ticket for the Roald Dahl Museum at Newtown Library after being entered into a prize draw for completing this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, ‘The Big Friendly Read’.

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