On Monday 8 October, Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture Cllr Bob Penrose and Vale Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands, presented certificates to pupils, to mark the start of National Libraries Week.
Pupils from all over the Vale enjoyed the event, held at Barry library, which began with a magic show by a children’s entertainer.
The free Summer Reading Challenge takes place annually during the summer holidays. The challenge involves reading six library books, chosen by pupils, in order to complete the Challenge, and there are various rewards to collect along the way.
Libraries Week takes place from 8–13 October, to celebrate the libraries across the UK.
This year’s event focuses on wellbeing, and libraries will showcase how they bring communities together, to combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.
Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture Cllr Bob Penrose, said: “It was wonderful to hear that 200 children had completed and enjoyed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
“It is imperative that children understand the importance of reading from a young age. Reading challenges are a brilliant way of giving children the power to create their own reading lists, during the summer holidays.”