Merton author to attend children’s reading awards

Council’s Reading Carnival Awards ceremony

Local author, Paul Greaghty, will be special guest at Merton Council’s Reading Carnival Award ceremony at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon on Saturday 6 October.

The Reading Carnival is a national initiative aimed at children, that all the libraries in Merton run every summer. Children up to the age of eight took part in the carnival and entered competitions including designing a bookmark, colouring and book reviews.

The overall winning bookmark design and colouring picture was chosen by library staff out of the winners from all of the Merton libraries. Library users will get to see the winning bookmark design first hand as it has been printed and is available free of charge at all libraries in Merton.

Special guest, Paul Greaghty, is internationally known for titles including Slobcat, Solo, and recently Tortuga. Also attending the ceremony will be the Mayor and Mayoress of Merton, Merton Council’s newly appointed Director of Education, Leisure and Libraries, Sue Evans, and members of the Library Service team.

Sponsors of prizes this year include Books Etc. of Wimbledon, Random House, Mr Greaghty’s publishers, and the Polka Theatre, who have donated tickets for The Silver Sword.
Councillor Karl Carter, Cabinet Member for Lifelong Learning said: “Congratulations go to all the children who took part in this year’s Reading Carnival. The standard of competition entries was extremely high in every category. I hope this encourages the children to continue to use and enjoy Merton’s libraries.”
For further information on Merton’s libraries please contact 020 8545 4040

*Photo opportunity available on Saturday 6 October from 11.30am at the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon. *