Over 1,450 children across East Dunbartonshire took part in this year’s summer reading challenge.
This involved children joining a local library and reading six books during the summer holidays, which is a time when children’s literacy skills can dip with potentially detrimental effects.
Each year it has an exciting theme to inject fun and creativity into it and motivate children to read for pleasure.
This year’s theme “Mythical Maze”, illustrated by award-winning artist Sarah McIntyre, invited children to discover more about myths and legends from all over the world.
It was run by East Dunbartonshire Library Services in partnership with the Reading Agency and was sponsorship by Tesco Bank Scotland.
Children who completed the challenge received a Mythical Maze certificate and were invited to get their medal recently at a ceremony at their local library.
To mark this special Commonwealth Games year, young people who took part in the challenge who do not normally enjoy reading or who inspire others to read, were also nominated for a reading champion commendation.
Timpson in Kirkintilloch engraved trophies for the champions free of charge to support the initiative.
Thanks to funding from Tesco Bank Scotland, performing musical theatre arts specialist Jennifer Hardie, (director of Scene One Theatre Arts UK), hosted the award ceremonies with the council’s children and families team and coached the children to create a short performance for their families to enjoy at the four main libraries.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the development and regeneration committee, said: “This is a great, fun way of keeping children’s reading skills up and keeping them busy over the summer months. Well done to everyone who completed the challenge – you’ve done us proud!”
Scott Hill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, added: “Almost 1,500 children reading almost 8,500 books is a fantastic response to the challenge and demonstrates that a love of books is alive and well in East Dunbartonshire. Initiatives like this also help children get into the habit of using a community resource which has great social benefits too.”