Prizes for young readers in record breaking year

Forty lucky children who completed this year’s ‘Mythical Maze’-themed Summer Reading Challenge, were awarded certificates by Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, at a special awards ceremony last week.

At the ceremony in Morden Library, Councillor Akyigyina also picked 12 names in a second prize draw and presented the lucky children with prizes, including books, cash vouchers for Toys R Us and WHSmith, a family theatre ticket sponsored by Polka Theatre and a tablet. A special interactive performance by storyteller and drama tutor, John Kirk, brought some theatrical magic to the event.

Summer reading Challenge Awards Ceremony

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, said: “It is great to see so many children taking up the reading challenge. Reading is an essential skill and excellent hobby for everyone. The children’s dedication to this worthwhile challenge deserves to be recognised.”

Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “With almost 2,000 children reading six books each, not to mention all the other 9,000 children who got part-way through the challenge, that’s over 20,000 books, almost a library! I’m so glad we’ve been able to keep all our libraries open and vibrant for our children in these austere times, and I’d like to thank the permanent staff and our many volunteers who make our library service as good as it is – in particular those who made the Summer Reading Challenge possible. Children and parents, keep reading, and look out for exciting new things coming to our libraries in the coming months. And get ready for even more Merton children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge next year. I’m looking forward to it already!”