Merton quest seekers given challenge this summer

The Summer Reading Challenge has been a hit with young people in Merton for more than 20 years now and last year attracted 2,826 children from around the borough with 1,279 of those children successfully completing it – up 12 per cent from 2007.

Young reading stars aged between four and 11 who take part in the challenge are all in with a chance of winning one of two Nintendo DS games consoles in a borough wide draw at the end of the summer. This year there are even some runners up prizes too, including tickets to Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland Windsor.

There will be prizes, bookmarks and stickers to win throughout the summer and children can sign up to Quest Seekers at any Merton Library.

To take part in the challenge all youngsters have to do is read six different books during the summer holidays. The closing date is Saturday 5 September.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for housing and community services Councillor Linda Scott said: “We are encouraging as many children as possible to take part in this exciting scheme. Merton’s libraries are full of wonderful children’s books and there are also some fantastic free activities laid on by our libraries during the holidays.

“Educating our young people and encouraging reading are among our top priorities and this is a way in which children can learn and have fun at the same time.”

More information on the challenge is available at all Merton schools and by visiting the Merton libraries website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/learning/libraries

Notes to editors:
The National Summer Reading Challenge is 10 years old this year and is now reaching over 650,000 children in the UK. It is created and run by the Reading Agency, a charity that aims to bring more reading to more people, in partnership with the UK library network.

97% of all public libraries in the UK participate in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Merton has been running its own summer reading challenge for over 20 years and has participated in all of the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenges.