Reading record breakers celebrate

Children at Haydock Library celebrating after completing the Summer Reading Challenge 2015
Children at Haydock Library celebrating after completing the Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Young bookworms were congratulated by the mayor after making this year’s Summer Reading Challenge a record breaker.

Young people who read six books to complete this year’s challenge, which had the theme of record breakers, were given medals and certificates at Haydock Library.

This year’s challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, saw 2,477 children across the borough take part and 1,682 youngsters complete it.

St Helens Central Library also hosted an event as part of the challenge, with author Rachel Lyon reading out I Wish I’d Been Born A Unicorn, her book about a hygienically-challenged horse called Mucky.

The event also saw young people across St Helens discovering a new love for the written word, with more than 300 children joining libraries around the borough as a result of the challenge.

The readers were congratulated by the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Couns Steve and Lynn Glover, and Coun Jeanie Bell, the local authority’s portfolio holder for public health and well-being.

Coun Bell said: “It’s wonderful to see so many young people express an interest in reading by joining their local library and taking part in such a proactive task like the Summer Reading Challenge.

“Not only is reading enjoyable but reading from a young age has both neurological and psychological health benefits which have only positive effects on their development.”