Summer Reading Challenge Awards

A record number of children from Merton were praised for their successful completion of the Summer Reading Challenge at a ceremony in Raynes Park Library this week.

Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Bowcott, congratulated the 2,922 children who got involved in the competition and the 1,446 who completed the “Story-Lab” themed challenge, for their record-breaking participation this year. He also presented the children with certificates and prizes to mark their achievement. A special performance by the Travelling Interactive Theatre for Children (TITCH) brought some theatrical magic to the event.

Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Bowcott, said: “It is great to see so many children reading and taking part in this great competition. Reading is an excellent hobby for everyone, especially children, and their dedication to this worthwhile challenge deserves to be recognised.”

Councillor Nick Draper, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, said: “1446 children reading 6 books each, not to mention all the others who nearly made it, that’s over 10,000 books, almost a library! I’m so glad we’ve been able to keep all our libraries open and vibrant in these difficult times, and once again I’d like to thank the many volunteers who make it possible, including the 105 people who helped us deliver this tremendous reading campaign result. Children and parents, keep reading, and look out for exciting new things coming to our libraries in the coming months. Next year, the Summer Reading Challenge will be even better, and I’m looking forward to it already!”

Anne Sarrag from the Reading Agency said: “Reading is such an important skill and we are passionate about getting as many children reading as possible. Merton has worked particularly well on the campaign, which is why we are here. The council is a great ambassador for the Summer Reading Challenge.”