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Friday 27 April 2018

Little book worms conquer summer reading challenge

By Sara Gahan

Children enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge in Wexford Library with Princess Fiddlesticks.
Children enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge in Wexford Library with Princess Fiddlesticks.

Hundreds of children from Wexford received special certificates in Wexford Town Library for completing the Summer Reading Challenge.

This year nearly 600 children signed up for the reading challenge, which aims to encourage children to carry on reading over the summer break.

Studies have shown that continuing to read a little over the eight week holiday has huge benefits for children. It helps them to maintain and even improve their reading levels and literacy skills, meaning when they start back to school in the autumn they are ready to learn straight away.

'To encourage the children to keep reading, we offer incentives such as stickers, bookmarks, pencils, wristbands and medals,' said Theresa Kelly from the Wexford Library.

Every child that participates is invited to the reading celebration and they receive a certificate and, as an added bonus, are presented with a book bag kindly donated by the Wexford Credit Union.

'Through their Marketing Officer Amy White, the Wexford Credit Union have been very supportive of this worthwhile literacy initiative,' said Theresa.

Theresa said they look forward to inviting even more Wexford children next year to carry on the reading challenge for the summer of 2018.

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