A county-wide celebration for young people of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge takes place in Mansfield this weekend.
The Summer Reading Challenge is created by The Reading Agency – and is supported by Nottinghamshire County Council in its libraries.
Children aged between four and 11 years old are invited to take part in the challenge to read six books from their local library over the summer holidays. It is fun and free to take part.
This year’s challenge caught the imagination with children successfully completing the challenge being awarded an Olympic-style gold medal.
A total of 8,896 children in Notts took part in the challenge this year – with 4,973 successfully completing the challenge. The figure of completions was up on 4,359 children last year.
A lucky dip draw was set up across all libraries in Nottinghamshire for children who completed the reading challenge and one winner from each of the 60 libraries has been invited to a special invitation-only event this Saturday at Mansfield Central Library which takes place on Saturday, November 3 from 2-4pm.
As well as representative children from libraries across the county, Nottinghamshire County Council Vice-Chairman, Councillor Barrie Cooper, will be presenting certificates and Councillor John Cottee. Chairman of the Culture Committee, will give a speech.
Performance Poets Dave Harmer and Paul Cookson will also present their show 'Spill the Beans'.
As well as the success of inspiring young readers, the county council will also celebrate the achievements of volunteers who helped manage the scheme at this weekend’s event. Around 100 volunteers worked alongside staff, giving 1,365 hours of volunteering.
Coun John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Nottinghamshire County Council’s libraries was delighted to once again team up with The Reading Agency to promote this challenge as it helps promote the value of books and reading to children during the summer holidays.”