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A-maze-ing success of Summer Reading Challenge Celebrated!

Poole Libraries rejoiced in an a-maze-ingly successful summer with a Summer Reading Challenge celebration at Hamworthy Library. 

Over 2,600 children went on the adventure through the mythical maze reading six books during the summer holidays in return for scratch and sniff stickers, a bookmark, dragon bug, certificate and medal!

Winners of the Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Of those that started the reading challenge 60% finished, a 9% increase on last year.

The celebration included a guest appearance by children’s author and illustrator Mark Robertson. Mark, whose books include Hieronymus Betts and his Unusual Pets, The Egg and Kindlekrax, gave a talk and signed a free book for every child. Dr Balloonman also kept everyone entertained with his marvellous balloon creations which included mythical mermaids, spiders and swords. 

Mayor of Poole, Cllr Peter Adams handed out certificates to the highest achieving schools and presented awards to Springdale First School for the highest number of pupils to finish. Broadstone Middle School also won an award for most improved school and Canford Cliffs Library for the most successful branch at encouraging children to take part and complete the challenge.

Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams, said: "It’s great to hear so many children have taken part in this years a-maze-ing Summer Reading Challenge. Reading six books over the summer holidays is a huge accomplishment. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our young readers' achievements and hope they will continue reading long into their futures."

Throughout the Summer Mythical Maze events including crafts, games, and treasure hunts took place in all Poole libraries. There were several performances from professional storytellers Michele O’Brien, Graham Rogers and Treehouse Theatre. Local author Celia Leofsy also joined children at Broadstone Library to talk about her book ‘The Company of Goblins’ and Zoolab shared some fantastical live creatures from the world of legend and mythology. 

This years reading challenge was given a boost with help from 42 young volunteers aged 12-25. As well as working with staff to administer the challenge they helped with craft events, updating social media and ran a stall at Upton Fun Day. The young volunteers were also thanked for their contribution and presented with certificates from the Mayor of Poole. 

For more information about the Reading Challenge, visit www.boroughofpoole.com/libraries or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

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