Thousands of children in Swindon caught the reading bug to exceed the target set by this year’s Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge.
A total of 3,000 children took part in the national reading initiative reading 10,400 books, beating the target of 10,000 books set at the start of the challenge.
The Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon proved to be the most popular titles among young readers closely followed by The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
The challenge encouraged young people to read six books through their local library and they were then given a 3-dimensional stage and a set of incentives to collect as they read. A certificate and medal was given to the 1,400 children who completed the challenge by reading six books.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services who is also responsible for the town’s libraries, said: “I must congratulate all the young people who took part in the challenge and for reaching the 10,000-book target.
“Many of the children who took part told our library staff they were keen to read even more books, which is fantastic as that is what the challenge is all about.”
For more information about Swindon Borough Council’s library service log onto: www.swindon.gov.uk/libraries