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Big Friendly Read is a gloriumptious success!

Published on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 in Leisure and culture news

Libraries across Rotherham had a phizz-wizzing response to this year’s summer reading challenge, a Roald Dahl themed Big Friendly Read.

More than 1,800 children took part in the challenge, by signing up at Rotherham’s 15 libraries and aiming to read six books in six weeks during the summer holidays.

Although this year’s challenge was themed around Roald Dahl, youngsters could pick any books they fancied, and children and young people who completed the challenge were presented with a medal and certificate at a number of prize giving events held at the various libraries.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said: “It’s great that so many children and young people have got involved in this activity and committed to reading at least six books during this year’s long summer break.

“We should also thank our young volunteer helpers, the 13 – 24 year olds, who gave up their time to support library staff and help with the craft activities, registering the children and talking to them about the books they had read.

“Well done to everyone involved!”

The Council’s own “Big Friendly Read”, Leader Cllr Chris Read, who presented certificates to participants at Riverside Library,  added: “The reading challenge is now in its 13th year in Rotherham and we are delighted that the number of children taking part this year is 250 more than last year - a 15% increase.  Let’s hope for even more success next year.”

This year’s challenge was themed around Roald Dahl to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Youngsters signing up for the challenge were primarily aged 4 – 11, although both older and younger took part.

Running alongside the challenge was a programme of craft activities, with more than 130 events taking place in libraries. 

Certificates have also been sent out to all primary schools in the Borough congratulating them on the number of their children taking part. 

This year the top schools were Wath Central Primary with 87 pupils registering to take part, St Alban’s Primary in Wickersley and Wath Church of England Primary school.

*gloriumptious – glorious and wonderful; Phizz-wizzing – brilliant (Gobblefunk – Roald Dahl’s invented language).

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