Scarily good books entice young readers

LOVING THE LIBRARY: A packed out Sudbury Library.
LOVING THE LIBRARY: A packed out Sudbury Library.

Ghostly goings on and spooktacular stories were all part of the fun as youngsters got their reward for completing this year’s summer reading challenge.

Set the task of reading six books over the summer break, children took on the chosen theme of Creepy House with relish.

At Great Cornard Library on Saturday, more than 90 young bookworms were given certificates to mark their achievement and treated to stories and a display of artwork by author and illustrator Rebecca Elliot.

There was also a best dressed scary fancy dress competition.

“We had all sorts of costumes, from witches, gruffalos and pirates,” said library manager Heather Welch.

“There was lots of positive feedback and people were saying that it was the best reading challenge yet. The children thought meeting Rebecca was inspirational.”

Mrs Welch said the challenge, which is organised by Suffolk County Council, was an excellent way to keep children reading and focused over the school holidays.

In Hadleigh, library manager Sarah Hunt said a record number of children had taken part, with 160 reading six books.

“I think the theme was very good this year and the incentives the children get, such as smelly stickers and glowing watches, also helped,” she said.

Gareth Lowry, manager at Sudbury Library, said 386 children had started the challenge and 210 completed it.

Certificates were handed out on Monday, with a performance by dance and circus group Fireglow.

“It was a brilliant evening and we had a really good turn out, with 70 children coming along,” said Mr Lowry.

Mr Lowry added that double the number of children had completed the challenge compared to last year.