Poynton Library hosted an awards ceremony on 10th and 12th September for children who completed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Organised by the Reading Agency, The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year during the summer holidays encouraging children to read any six library books of their choice and collect stickers and incentives along the way to encourage them to keep going.

This year was the 20th Summer Reading Challenge. The theme was ‘Space Chase’ which was chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. This proved to be a very popular theme with 621 children starting the challenge and 365 managing to read all six books. Jodrell Bank kindly donated ‘Kids Go Free’ vouchers enabling all participants to visit their Moon Landing 50 events and the libraries hosted a wide variety of fun activities throughout the summer. 

One parent said “Another brilliant summer reading challenge.  Myself and the children have thoroughly enjoyed it once again.”

Another parent commented “The challenge is a great way to keep the children’s reading up during the holiday.  It provides a free activity to do by visiting the library with an incentive to keep returning.”

Poynton Mayor, Sarah Jane Gilmore, Councillor Mike Sewart  and PCSO Oliver Neilson-Bird attended to present medals and certificates to the children who completed the challenge.

Jo Shannon, Library Services Manager said “Once again children in Cheshire East have surpassed themselves borrowing 181,139 books during July and August. Although we’re at the end of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, we hope that children across the borough will continue to enjoy their reading. We look forward to seeing them in their local libraries where they can borrow a never-ending supply of wonderful books and take part in a wide range of activities and learn new skills”.