A new high has been set for the number of children who completed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Haverhill Library.
Such was the level of interest shown by children in the literary challenge that the library had to split the award of certificates and medals to all of the participants into two presentations when they took place on Sunday (September 15).
It was the first time that two sittings had been necessary for the scheme, which carried the theme of Creepy House and asked children to either read or be read to a minimum of six books over the course of the summer school holidays.
Speaking at the first of Sunday’s awards presentations, Haverhill Library manager Sanphra Willmott thanked the 12 volunteers who helped out at the library with the challenge over the summer - between them they gave 132 hours of their time.
She added: “We were overwhelmed with the amount of children that took part in this year’s reading game scheme.
“It’s designed to keep all the children reading over the six weeks holiday and to keep their literacy levels up.
“There are 430 children registered this year which is a staggering amount considering we usually have between 250 and 320 children.
“We read 1,676 books between us.
“We used to have one presentation like this but we have now had to split you into two, so you can see how well it’s grown.”
The presentations were made to the children by the Mayor of Haverhill, Roger André, who was joined by his wife Pauline.
They were assisted in their task by two of the Suffolk County Councillors for Haverhill, Tony Brown and Julian Flood.