23 September 2016

Young volunteers were thanked yesterday by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor for helping to make this year’s summer reading challenge the best one yet.

Figures are still being collected but it is estimated that around 5,000 children took part in the challenge, which is more than any other year.

Fourteen teenagers, aged 14 to 16, volunteered in council-run libraries and helped children taking part, each giving up 15 hours of their time.

Hamda Einashie, age 15, received a certificate from the Lord Mayor at a special ceremony held in the Town Hall on 22 September. She said: “I worked at Darnall Library during the summer holidays to help with the Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read

“I have volunteered because I like helping kids to read and I have loved meeting new friends too.”

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services and libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “Reading from an early age is really important and research shows it helps children do well at school, as well as in later life. That’s exactly why we run the summer reading challenge in our libraries.

“These young people have done a great job of helping children taking part, and I want to thank them all for their contribution.”

The summer reading challenge runs in all libraries across Sheffield. Last year more than 4,000 children took part.

It is organised by Sheffield City Council’s schools and young people’s library service which helps raise reading standards and encourage reading for pleasure.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information about libraries in Sheffield.