More than 850 children between the ages of 4 and 11 took part in this year’s RCT Summer Reading Challenge.
All 13 libraries across the County Borough participated in the challenge, with the children reading more than 19,000 books.
The Council’s initiative to encourage children to ‘pick up a book’ during the summer school holidays, supported by the national charity BookTrust, was a great success.
The aim of the Summer Reading Challenge, with its Animal Agents theme, was to get children, between the ages of 4-11 to read at least six books at the time of year when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.
The Animal Agents theme this year was based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals who were out to crack a case with a little help from their friends.
Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, with responsibility for libraries, said: “Our Summer Reading Challenge is an important initiative for us, held at our libraries across the County Borough, helping to boost literacy skills at a fun time of year when some children do not think about picking up a book.
“This is always a fun way of encouraging them to keep reading during the school holidays and I am delighted that, working with the Reading Agency, more than 850 children in Rhondda Cynon Taf read more than 19,000 books between them during the six-week period.
“The animal detective agency theme was definitely a winner and I am sure parents and children enjoyed quality time together solving the clues and collecting their stickers.”
There are 13 libraries across the County Borough. Pop along to your nearest branch today to find out what is on offer. All offer FREE public wi-fi access, a vast collection of books and CDs to suit all tastes, along with the Digital Friday’s initiative, which helps people get online and develop their IT skills.
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Posted on Friday 10th November 2017