Thousands involved in reading challenge

Youngsters who took part in a previous Summer Reading Challenge at Alnwick Library.
Youngsters who took part in a previous Summer Reading Challenge at Alnwick Library.
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Thousands of children have been diving into a book this summer, according to new figures from Northumberland libraries.

Over the last three months, nearly 3,000 children, aged four to 11, have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge at libraries across the county.

Youngsters were tasked with the mission to read at least six books and visit their library three times or more.

More than 1,500 children were successful in completing the challenge, between July 10 and September 12, and 169 children joined the library for the first time to take part.

A total of 32 libraries took part, including Alnwick mobile, which had a record take-up of 97 children from Shilbottle First School.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “The challenge is proving that literature is popular with children of all ages and it is heartening to see so many youngsters taking this on and having fun reading.

“We have excellent libraries in Northumberland and the Summer Reading Challenge has proven to be an inspiration and we will be running another one soon to build on this.”