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Record breakers rewarded for Summer Reading Challenge

Publish date - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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The Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover dropped by Haydock Library to present certificates and medals to young bookworms who took part in a national reading challenge.

Organised by the Reading Agency, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge saw 2477 children across the borough take part in ‘Record Breakers,’ the 2015 theme – with 1682 children completing the challenge by reading a total of 6 books – including ‘I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn’ by author Rachel Lyon, who read her book - a charming story about a hygienically challenged horse called Mucky, who thinks that he would have friends if only he’d been born a unicorn – out at Central Library as part of a celebration event.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, portfolio holder for public health and wellbeing, which includes libraries, was among those to congratulate the children for taking part in the event which nearly 300 more children join libraries around St Helens as a result.

“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," she said.