Across Cambridgeshire Libraries we had over 7,000 children register to take part, which was 26% more than in 2016, and awarded over 4,000 medals and certificates in special ceremonies across the county.
During the summer over 290,000 items were borrowed and an extra 546 children joined the library to take part in the challenge.
We would like to thank all those Town and Parish Councils who supported the challenge this year with almost £6,000 of sponsorship, enabling us to provide extra staffing and special events to help deliver one of our most successful reading challenges yet!
Thanks must also go to our many young volunteers, over 150 of them this year, who between them racked up an impressive 1,500 hours of volunteering over the six weeks and whose help was invaluable to library staff.
The library service hosted or organised over 150 events over the summer in support of the reading challenge, including craft events and visits from all sorts of wonderful animals including meerkats, lizards and even some puppies, which were a huge hit with everyone, not just the children.
Our star libraries this year were Milton Road who improved on their starters by an amazing 117% and Burwell with a 112% increase on completers.
Summer Reading Challenge 2018
The Reading Agency have revealed that the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called ‘Mischief Makers’. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!
Make sure your children join in the fun in 2018!
Summer Reading Challenge statistics
The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children across the country into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. This year over 102,500 children took part across the East of England.