Porthcawl Library Prizegiving

1500 children in Bridgend successfully complete summer reading challenge

Porthcawl Library recently recognised their young readers with a special presentation to mark their successful completion of the UK-wide National Summer Reading Challenge.

15 pupils from schools in Porthcawl were presented with special prizes donated by local businesses. The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Cllr Marlene Thomas, First Minister & Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones and Town Council Mayor Cllr Alana Davies were among the guests at the special event.

Children taking part had to visit their library four times over the summer and read six or more books to complete the challenge.

Cllr Lyn Morgan, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “Over 1500 children from across Bridgend County Borough’s schools aged from four to 11 have been receiving medals and certificates during special school assemblies for completing the challenge. I think they all deserve a round of applause for their achievement. The Summer Reading Challenge has been running for over 10 years and the council is committed to ensuring children have the opportunity to develop their love of reading as well as perform better academically.”

Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales commented: “It was a great pleasure to present awards to children for their commitment to reading and using their local library in Porthcawl. Reading is such an enjoyable and important skill and I applaud the efforts of children who persevere with reading. It is also important to recognise the valuable role of parents and carers, grandparents, local libraries and schools who encourage a lifelong love of books and knowledge in our children.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme organised by the Reading Agency which aims to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer holidays. As always, libraries throughout the county borough worked with local schools to let children know about the challenge and what local libraries have to offer. Each year, they are seeing more and more children enjoy collecting stickers and prizes as they complete stages of the challenge.