A NATIONAL reading scheme has proved popular with children in a Moorlands town, with hundreds joining in the fun. The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, is an annual countrywide project which invites school children to read a number of books based on a certain topic during the summer holidays. For 2019, a theme of 'Space Chase' has been chosen where youngsters are encouraged to read more on fictional life beyond the earth.
According to the Summer Reading Challenge’s website, over 950,000 books have been read throughout the country so far.
Cheadle Library, which is now run by a team of volunteers, has had more than 200 children take part in the initiative.
A spokesperson for the library said: “The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read books during the summer, to ensure they maintain their reading levels.
“They take out three books per visit to the library and there are exclusive rewards to collect along the way.
“Best of all it’s free to take part.
“The uptake in Cheadle has been especially healthy and well over 200 children have signed up – which we’ve been led to understand, is one of the best in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“While several children have already completed the challenge, there’s still time to take part.
“The library management team are extremely proud of the volunteer’s hard work, especially as most are still in training.
“The public have also been very understanding and complimentary towards the volunteers.”
The spokesman also said that they are still on the lookout for more volunteers and they are encouraging anyone who would like to join the team to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amongst many tasks, they need volunteers to: man the desks, operate the IT equipment and take on family history researching duties.
To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit www.summereadingchallenge.co.uk.
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