Nearly 30,000 children’s books have been rented from Isle of Wight Council and community libraries over the summer, mainly thanks to the annual Summer Reading Challenge.
In total, 2400 children took part in the popular annual event, which this year was called ‘Mythical Maze’. It encourages children to read six books during the summer holiday and over two thirds of the children who took part successfully completed the challenge.
The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year over the summer holidays, and is responsible for keeping thousands of children reading over the long break. The vast majority of children surveyed felt that they were better readers at the end of the summer than they were at the start, and many parents commented that they had never seen their children so keen to read. One parent commented that her ‘son had always seen reading as a chore, but thanks to Mythical Maze, he’s finally started to enjoy books, and his reading has come on in leaps and bounds.’
Councillor Shirley Smart, Isle of Wight Council Executive member for the economy, said:
“Nearly 30,000 children’s books being rented from Island libraries during the summer is an incredible figure. It is also refreshing to see children pick up and read books rather than using computers, which is very important.
“The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to discover the pleasures of reading, and to keep up their reading skills outside school. Island libraries stock a wide range of books for all ages, and they’re all free to borrow. I also want to thank the library staff involved for making this year’s event such a success”.
All children who earned a medal were invited to write a review or draw a picture of their favourite book of the summer. The best entry from each library was chosen, with the winning children given their prizes at Newport Library on Saturday (4th October).
The winners (per library) are:
Bembridge: George Gully, 7
Cowes: Rosie Egerton, 8
East Cowes: Finley Jones, 6
Freshwater: Martha Debusse, 5
Lord Louis: Keira Wells, 5
Niton: Eleanor Wright, 10
Ryde: Pearl Bolland, 7
Ryde: Nathan Martin, 7
Sandown: Jack Newnham, 7
Shanklin: Max Bushby-Harris, 7
Ventnor: Grace Seaward, 5
Mobile Library: Daisy Parkinson, 2