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Hundreds join Summer Reading Challenge Ceremonies at The Hive

Hundreds of children came to the special Summer Reading Challenge ceremonies at The Hive last week and collected their medals and certificates.

841 children signed up to the Challenge and a record-breaking 603 (72%) completed it, reading six books over the summer holidays.

The library team and children attending the ceremonies dressed up in a wonderful array of animal characters to receive their medals and certificates. Children were also invited to make Slip and Slide Animal Agent pencil toppers with Jumping Clay, meet the Pets as Therapy dogs and take part in a range of activities with Just 4 Pets, continuing the Animal Agents theme for the Summer Reading Challenge this year.

Janine Downes, The Hive Library Manager said: "We are really thrilled with the number of children who completed the Challenge this year and took part in the extra activities we put on in the Hive on Thursdays. We were really lucky this year to be supported by a great team of young volunteers who talked to children about the books they had read making the challenge even more fun for the children. I would like to say a big thank you to all of them and to all of the library staff who make everything possible. It's so important for children to keep reading over the long summer holidays and brilliant to see the pleasure they get from the Challenge."

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency which takes place every year and is delivered by libraries. Because children's reading can dip over the long summer break the scheme encourages children aged 4 12 years to read six books over the summer holidays, with medals and certificates for all finishers.