Merton resident runner-up in national reading competition

Merton resident and devoted Donald Hope Library volunteer Mohammed Faraz (21), has been awarded a Kobo e-reader for being one of three runners-up across the country in the Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge competition.

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Merton’s award-winning libraries all support this national competition and encourage residents to accept the challenge, read six books, improve their literacy skills and develop a love of reading. The Six Book Challenge is a programme for young people and adults who struggle to read or who don’t read for pleasure. One of the main benefits of taking part in the Six Book Challenge for its participants is an increase in confidence and pleasure that reading provides, as well as the tangible record of achievement.

Cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “ I have volunteered alongside Mohammed for a while and can say that if anyone, he definitely deserved an award.  Apart from being a hardworking individual, he’s also very keen to learn. The Six Book Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for people who aren’t confident readers to develop a love of books and make reading a life-long hobby. This is also a great example of how our libraries are supporting people who want to improve their literacy.”

Mohammed Faraz said: “I like reading different books because it’s fun and it prompted me to learn new things. I also get the chance to improve my English skills and get a better understanding of the English language. It encouraged me to read more books and I would encourage others to read more too.”

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Notes to editor

The Six Book Challenge is a national scheme co-ordinated by the Reading Agency and runs annually between January and June. The scheme will be relaunched next year as ‘Reading Ahead’. More information is available at: http://readingagency.org.uk/.