Merton Youngsters Beat Summer Library Challenge

Local children get through more than 20,000 books

Forty lucky children who completed this year’s 'Mythical Maze'-themed Summer Reading Challenge, were awarded certificates by Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, at a special awards ceremony.

At the ceremony in Morden Library, Councillor Akyigyina also picked 12 names in a second prize draw and presented the lucky children with prizes, including books, cash vouchers for Toys R Us and WHSmith, a family theatre ticket sponsored by Polka Theatre and a tablet.

A special interactive performance by storyteller and drama tutor, John Kirk, brought some theatrical magic to the event.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, said: "It is great to see so many children taking up the reading challenge. Reading is an essential skill and excellent hobby for everyone. The children's dedication to this worthwhile challenge deserves to be recognised."

Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper added: “With almost 2,000 children reading six books each, not to mention all the other 9,000 children who got part-way through the challenge, that’s over 20,000 books, almost a library!"

October 20, 2014