KEEN readers were rewarded for their efforts over the summer holidays at a presentation ceremony which took place at a town school .
Children from St Helen’s Primary School, on Hartlepool’s Headland, took part in the summer holiday reading challenge which takes place across various libraries and schools across the town.
The scheme encourages youngsters to pick up six books from their local library at the start of their six-week summer break, and to read them all before they go back to school for the new term in September.
Headland library, in Middlegate, has built up a good relationship with both St Helen’s and neighbouring primary school St Bega’s over recent years and staff at the library were delighted with the response.
Councillor Peter Jackson called into the Durham Street school to hand over the certificates before the youngsters broke up for their half term holidays earlier this month.
Margaret Dixon, senior librarian at the Headland library, also handed out certificates to the children.
She said: “This is the second time we have taken part in the summer reading challenge, though it is something which runs in all libraries across the town.
“It was lovely to see the children from St Helen’s coming to get their books before they broke up for the holidays.
“We are an important part of the community, and it’s nice to catch them young and encourage them to use the library service.
“They all seem to enjoy coming here and choosing their books, and we’re delighted that the relationship we have with the schools is very good.”
The Headland library holds regular sessions aimed at all ages, including Read and Rhyme events on Fridays from 2pm which cater for youngsters under the age of five and their parents.
Call (01429) 268169 for more information about the timetable of events taking place at the library over the next few weeks.