THERE were medals and prizes galore as hundreds of Northumberland children were rewarded for a summer of reading.
More than 300 Morpeth youngsters and 242 in Ponteland signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to complete six books during their school holiday.
The event, which is a national initiative to encourage children to enjoy reading, was based on a Circus Skills theme and included various workshops, giveaways and craft and music sessions.
Throughout the county 2,297 children, aged four to 11, took part and more than 88,000 children’s books were issued by libraries between July and September.
Of the 36 libraries that ran the programme, 24 saw the number of participants increase on last year.
Those who successfully completed the challenge were invited to prize-giving events to receive their certificates and medals.
Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Customer Services and Culture Neil Bradbury said: “Our library staff have been working closely with local schools to promote the challenge, which is always extremely popular, and it’s a great way for families to get involved in libraries and experience the joy of reading.
“Research by the Reading Agency shows that children who take part in the challenge gain skills and confidence and are motivated to read more.
“I am sure that those children who took part also got a great sense of achievement out of completing the challenge.”