County Council Raise Extraordinary Young ReadersOver 25,000 children took part in this years’ Summer Reading Challenge across Hampshire libraries – and two young library users at Leigh Park Library are celebrating their eighth year completing the challenge. Brother and sister Holly and Calum (12 & 11) who use the Leigh Park library are sporting their medals, showcasing how children across Hampshire can improve their reading and learning skills during the school summer holidays.

Councillor Andrew Gibson, Hampshire County Council’s Executive member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge continues to inspire young people to become confident readers by enabling them to learn from the stories they want to read. This year’s theme celebrates achievements and personal bests.

“Holly and Calum are great examples of the many children across Hampshire challenging themselves to reach new personal goals. I hope their dedication inspires other children to start their own reading challenges.

“Children’s reading ability can decline over the summer and research by the Reading Agency has found that those who take part in the Summer Reading Challenge maintain, and even improve, their reading level over this period – which is why Hampshire libraries do all they can to encourage children to take part each year.

“Well done to all the children who have put their mind to it and completed the challenge – and a special well done to Holly and Calum, for achieving an incredible eight years of challenges!”

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in Hampshire Libraries every year during the summer holidays for Children aged 4 – 11. The Challenge is to read or listen to six library books and as children progress they can earn stickers, a certificate and a medal if they complete the Challenge. This year’s challenge has now come to a close.

The Reading Agency launched this year’s challenge in partnership with Guinness World Records. The theme ‘Record Breakers’ challenges young readers to explore real life achievements featured in the Guinness Book of Records.

Anyone interested in volunteering for libraries or helping with next years challenge can visit the libraries website. Learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge or find your local library.

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