Kids discover pleasure of reading at library

Youngsters who completed the Summer Reading Challenge during the presentation event at The Pocela Centre

Youngsters who completed the Summer Reading Challenge during the presentation event at The Pocela Centre

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Youngsters in the area have embarked on an epic adventure to discover the pleasure of reading.

Children read their way around the ‘Mythical Maze’ at Pocklington Library - The Pocela Centre - discovering a variety of colourful characters from well-known myths and legends along the way, as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2014.

The challenge, which is organised by the Reading Agency, takes place every year over the summer holidays.

Children sign up at their local library, read six books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards as they go.

A total of 1,105 children completed the challenge across East Yorkshire, which is 26% up on last year, putting the completion rate at an impressive 87% compared to the 2013 national average of 58%.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic well being and culture said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people taking advantage of the superb library resources that we have in the East Riding.

“The Summer Reading Challenge really is a brilliant activity for youngsters to get involved in and I congratulate all those who have taken part this year.”

The challenge was helped this year by 19 volunteers who between them delivered over 125 hours across nine branch libraries, in a volunteering programme funded by central government.

All those who successfully completed the challenge have been presented with certificates and medals at presentation events that have been taking place at libraries across the East Riding.