Awards put book end to a great summer’s end

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SCORES of youngsters in Swinton have been rewarded for completing a reading challenge over the school holidays.

A total of 110 kids aged four to 12 managed to complete the Story Lab challenge to read six books over the summer break.

Story Lab certificate presentation at Swinton Library. Mia Crabtree (seven) and four year old brother Finley spend the time reading before the presentations. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Story Lab certificate presentation at Swinton Library. Mia Crabtree (seven) and four year old brother Finley spend the time reading before the presentations. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

They were supported along with way by staff at Swinton Library who offered stickers and other rewards such as key rings along the way.

Youngsters taking part were also treated to weekly activity sessions at the library, which included making robots, an Olympic Torch and flags and bunting.

Their hard work and dedication paid off last week when they were presented with certificates and medals by town councillor Ken Wyatt.

Coun Wyatt said: “They have done really well because it is a real challenge to complete it.

“Not only do they have to read the books, they also have to discuss them afterwards to make sure they have understood them.

“I want to say a big well done to all of the young people.”

Tracey Dobson, senior library assistant, said: “We had a good number of young people taking part this year and we are very proud of them for completing it.

“It is a way of encouraging use of libraries and it also helps the young people to keep their reading skills to a high level when they are not in school.”

Photographer Malcolm Billingham was there to capture the presentations.