Mischief makers take on reading challenge

Published: 08 Oct 2018

Hertfordshire County Council’s Library Service saw a staggering 20,622 children sign-up to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, with 755 of them joining their library just so they could take part.

In this year’s Mischief Makers-themed challenge, children were asked to read six books, and were given the fun task of solving a mystery at the same time.

As children reported back on what they read, they collected stickers featuring all the clues they needed to crack the case.

More than half a million children’s books were borrowed from Hertfordshire Libraries during the summer. Every child who completed the challenge received a medal and a certificate, along with the chance to win a ticket to an exclusive author event during October half-term.

Terry Douris, Cabinet member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “We are delighted that yet again, we had a phenomenal number of children taking part. The reading challenge provides children with a wonderful opportunity to discover a love of reading, and it’s especially nice that they get rewarded for something they enjoy.”

Library staff were supported during the summer by over 400 volunteers; 300 of these were 14 to 24-year-old “Reading Hacks” who signed children up to the challenge, talked with them about their books and celebrated their achievements with them.

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