Youngsters and volunteers praised for Saxmundham reading challenge success

Dozens of youngsters in the Saxmundham area buried their heads in books during the school holidays to take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Saxmundham Library manager Liz Gleave said 100 children started the challenge and 63 finished it, with a presentation ceremony being held at the Market Hall.

She said: “We also had 15 fabulous volunteers who spent their time through the summer holidays listening to the children telling them about the wonderful books they read and each volunteer also received a certificate of thanks.”

Sir Peter Batho helped to present the children with their medals and certificates.

This year’s theme was Animal Agents with youngsters reading six library books of their choice and collecting special stickers and other incentives along the way. A key part of the campaign is encouraging children to visit the library and speak to someone about the books they’ve read.

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