Fife children enjoyed a huge increase in reading thanks to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Circus Stars.
Over 3,200 children took part; that’s 55 per cent more than last year and they borrowed almost 12,600 books, nearly twice as many books as in 2010.
Following a successful pilot in 2010, Fife’s Libraries participated in the UK’s biggest reading initiative again this year. Last year 760,000 children aged four to 11 took part across the UK in the challenge which is to read six or more library books over the summer. Of those that took part in Fife, almost 1700 children successfully completed the challenge.
The theme for the 2011 Summer Reading Challenge was Circus Stars, and ran in libraries throughout the summer holidays with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading. 133 summer events were held in libraries across Fife, 86 of which were circus themed.
Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the housing and communities committee, said: “These are fantastic results. Taking part in the challenge was a great way to encourage children to make repeat visits to the library, attend organised library events, help non-members join their local library and of course – keeping children interested in reading books!
“There are almost 200 new members in Fife as a result of the Great Reading Challenge, who enjoyed borrowing over 800 books alone. Parents have given some great feedback on the events that took place, many of them thankful for the positive reading experiences and help with encouraging their children to read.”