Children shine in challenge

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WHAT a delight it was to see the boundless enthusiasm and sheer excitement of local children when I presented them with their well earned certificates and medals at Cullercoats Library’s Summer Reading Challenge event.

Like many libraries across North Tyneside over the last few weeks, the Cullercoats branch has been helping keep children amused over the summer holidays.

The aim was simple – to read six or more books over the break, with the children picking up rewards and incentives along the way.

The challenge is a fantastic initiative that encourages children, aged between four and 11, to broaden their horizons and hone their literature skills even when the school year is over.

Having the opportunity to speak to local parents, the challenge has proved great for them as it provided a free source of entertainment and is educational.

It is a win, win situation for young people, their parents and the library service.

It is also a great way for parents to engage with their child’s reading, away from the time pressures associated with school.

Giving children a love of books and the opportunity to take part in the challenge, makes a regular trip to the library a highlight of the holidays.

It’s fun, exciting and free. It introduced children to one of the best free resources for their minds that they have on their doorsteps – the library.

This success would not have been possible without the limitless energy and dedication of our library staff and the children themselves.

Congratulations, you have all done very well.

COUN GEORGE WESTWATER

Cullercoats Ward