Children earn their summer reading stripes

Avid readers... Youngsters received certificates and medals after completing the summer reading challenge
Avid readers... Youngsters received certificates and medals after completing the summer reading challenge

MORE than 150 children earned their reward for a summer of reading at Great Cornard Library.

Youngsters who took part in this year’s Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge – working their way through six books during the holidays – were presented with medals, certificates and stickers.

In total, 168 schoolchildren completed the challenge at the library, helping to achieve a record figure nationally.

Library manager Heather Welch said: “Many children have been able to improve their reading over the summer by completing the challenge and that is why we do this.

“We have had lots of positive comments from parents and this scheme really encourages the children to pick up a book.”

On hand to give out prizes and certificates to the children was Suffolk county councillor Peter Beer, who covers the Great Cornard ward.

“It was great to see so many happy, smiling faces when the children collected their medals,” added Mrs Welch.

“I think it showed a lot of them that reading can be fun.”