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Young bookworms rewarded for reading challenge

Date: 08/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

At the start of the summer holiday young bookworms were challenged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. As part of national year of reading, Medway library service wanted to encourage children aged from four to 12 years to read six books during the school break. At Gillingham Library a staggering 375 children signed up for the team read. In total it is estimated that 2,250 children across Medway will have signed up by end of September with 50 per cent completing the six book challenge. On Saturday, 20 September children who have finished all six books are invited to a treasure hunt and medal ceremony at Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham. This is an all day drop-in event between 10am and 4pm. Members of the media are welcome to attend at any time throughout the day. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “This is an excellent scheme to encourage children to pick up a book and learn to love reading. I'm pleased to see a large number of Medway children signed up to this challenge. I’m sure it kept them busy all summer long."