Readers rewarded with top prizes

Lucky winners of Merton’s Summer Reading Challenge received a range of exciting prizes from Nintendo DSis to free tickets to Legoland and Chessington World of Adventure, in a special ceremony this week at the brand new Pollards Hill Library.

A record 2,905 children signed up to the borough’s reading challenge to read six books over the summer holidays – up from 2,826 last year. 1,421 completed the challenge and were put into a prize draw with 10 children then being awarded prizes by the Mayor of Merton.

Merton’s Summer Reading Challenge began in 1999 and is coordinated by The Reading Agency and Merton Council.

This year’s theme was a fantasy quest which was all about the power of the imagination. The scheme aimed to take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land where they would discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long love affair with books. It also promoted the library as a place of wonder and excitement, where librarians can offer children invaluable advice and guidance to help them through their quest.

Cabinet Member for housing and community services, Councillor Linda Scott said “It’s excellent to have had so many young people reading this summer. We have some great libraries and to learn of so many young people using them in such numbers is brilliant. Children’s education is a priority for us in Merton and we will continue to organise schemes like this to increase learning and reading both inside and outside of the classroom.”