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THOUSANDS TAKE PART IN READING CHALLENGE

librarybooksOver 2500 children took part in the library service’s Summer Reading Challenge which ran throughout the summer in all eleven of the Island’s libraries and on the mobile library.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged four to eleven to read six books during the summer holiday and over two thirds of the children who took part successfully completed the challenge. This was a finishing rate that is significantly higher than the usual national average, while participation was also up by more than 18 per cent compared to 2012.

The challenge is responsible for keeping thousands of children reading over the school holidays. 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.

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National research shows that taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge can help boost a child’s achievement when they return to school in September, with one parent commenting that here son’s reading had come on leaps and bounds.

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 has been selected, and the winning children have been invited to a prize-giving on Saturday October 26 at Lord Louis Library in Newport where they will receive their prizes from children’s services councillor Richard Priest.

The winners (per library) are:

Bembridge: George Riley, 7
Brighstone: Jago Tasker, 5
Cowes: Georgie Price, 10
East Cowes: Lily Kelmendi, 7
Freshwater: Clarice Webster, 10
Lord Louis: Macey Hughes, 7
Niton: Nathan Sanchez-Brown, 8
Ryde: Emma Ostler, 9
Sandown: Pearl Bax, 10
Shanklin: Paul Coyle, 9
Ventnor: Scarlett Smith, 6
Mobile Library: Emily Burrows Mucogllava, 5

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