CIVIC chiefs have hailed young bookworms who reached a reading milestone.
Youngsters from across Hartlepool took part in a Summer Reading Challenge organised by Hartlepool’s Library Service.
The aim of the initiative was to increase children’s interest in books.
This is the 13th year the challenge has been run and more than 1,000 young people completed it.
This year’s theme was Circus Stars and the fun included circus skills workshops for the children including learning how to juggle and spin plates and skittles.
The youngsters were also given a reading passport by their local library and for each book they read they received a sticker for the passport and a little gift.
If they read six books throughout the summer they completed the challenge and were awarded a medal and certificate.
Heather Bellwood, Hartlepool Borough Council’s children and literacy manager, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s Summer Reading Challenge champions.
“The challenge is a great way to keep youngsters entertained over the holidays.
“More importantly, it introduces children to a treasure trove of wonder and learning on their doorstep – their local library – and helps them develop a skill which is vital for their life chances – reading.”
Local councillors were on hand to present youngsters with certificates and medals for taking part during a week of ceremonies.
Brus ward councillor Sheila Griffin presented children with accolades at the West View Library, in Miers Avenue.
Seaton ward representative, Coun Cath Hill dished out awards at Seaton Carew Library, in Station Lane.
Elwick ward councillor Hilary Thompson presented prizes at the Central Library, in York Road.
Councillors Alison Lilley (Fens) and Geoff Lilley (Greatham) gave awards at Owton Manor Library, in Wynyard Road.
Youngsters who took part in the challenge at the Headland Library, in Middlegate, received their awards from St Hilda ward representative, Coun John W Marshall.
At the Throston Grange Library, in Glamorgan Grove, Throston ward councillor Peter Jackson went along to hand out accolades.