Sligo Central Library once again held a successful Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at encouraging children to read over the summer months. Coordinated by the Reading Agency in the UK, this year’s theme was “Creepy House” and the challenge ran in libraries throughout the UK and Ireland. Children aged 6-12 years were challenged to read six books from Central Library during July-August.
Sligo children certainly rose to the challenge, with over 300 joining in Sligo Central Library. Some children also joined the Library for the first time in order to take part in the Sumner Reading Challenge. Most participants read many more than six books, resulting in 6,083 books being borrowed from the Juvenile Library during the month of July 2013. The children received posters, stickers, bookmarks and wristbands when they joined, and collected stickers as they completed the challenge. Children also accessed the Summer Reading Challenge website to view author profiles, book recommendations, competitions and games.
Participating children and their parents celebrated in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street, Sligo, on Monday 12th August at 3pm, where Mayor Cllr. Marcella McGarry and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Pat McGrath presented Certificates and Medals to all participants. The children received goodies from Library staff to reward them for successfully completing the challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent initiative to encourage children to maintain their reading levels during the holidays and completing the challenge is a great boost to their confidence.