LIBRARY staff across Tameside have been encouraging children across the borough to read at least six books over the summer holidays, as part of a national reading campaign.
Today (Wednesday) MP Jonathan Reynolds arranged to pop down to his local library, in Stalybridge, to hear from the children about their favourite books.
And while he was there he also took part in one of the many fun activities organised for young readers over the summer, which involved making a pyramid out of plastic cups.
The staff at local libraries have been actively promoting the Summer Reading Challenge – launched by The Reading Agency – which sets children between the ages of four and 11 a mission to read six or more books from their local library over the summer holidays.
They have held sessions at libraries across Tameside encouraging children to read and rewarding them with a small prize every time they returned to library after completing a book.
Every child who has achieved the six-book target has been presented with a medal and a certificate, marking their completion of the Summer Reading Challenge.
The summer campaign has been backed by leading children’s authors including Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.
And on Wednesday MP for Stalybridge and Hyde Mr Reynolds leant his support to the scheme, when he visited a session at Stalybridge Library, on Trinity Street.
He said: “The reading habits that we develop as children can stay with us for the rest of our lives – so it’s really important for youngsters to be encouraged to read.
“If children enjoy reading, they are likely to continue reading for pleasure when they are adults. But learning to read is also a gateway to greater knowledge – and those who fall behind in reading may find it difficult to keep up at school.
“The Summer Reading Challenge actively encourages children to read books and to visit their local library – and I understand it has been a great success here in Tameside.”
Last year 2827 children took part in the challenge in Tameside and this year the number taking part is expected to be even higher.
Published 23 August, 2012