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Don't gobblefunk around with words! The Big Friendly Read, the results are in


Gloucestershire Library service is celebrating the most successful summer reading challenge in five years and would like to congratulate all participants who took part.

The final figures show that in 2016, there were 10,120 starters, an 11 per cent increase on last year. Of those, 6,289 completed the challenge, which was also an 11 per cent increase, and gave Gloucestershire a 62 per cent completion rate. These figures are the best in five years and Gloucestershire had the second highest figures compared to the other 15 local authorities in the South West of England.

Libraries everywhere celebrated 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller - Roald Dahl. This year's summer reading challenge celebrated that, named 'The Big Friendly Read', and gave children and young people the chance to join the fun.

The challenge ran from Saturday 16th July - Saturday 10th September, with the aim of the challenge being for young people to read six books over the time. Anyone who completed the challenge in the time received a medal and certificate.

Libraries across Gloucestershire held several events during the summer, including several clay modelling and craft sessions across libraries in the county where young people were able to make and keep their favourite characters from the wonderful books of Roald Dahl.

Quedgeley Library had the biggest sign up this year, with 689 starters, and 420 completers. Overall, 30 libraries had a higher starter rate than last year, and 30 libraries also had a higher completion rate.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries, said: "I am so pleased that the results show what a fantastic and successful summer it was for libraries across the county and the young people taking part.

"The summer reading challenge is a great way to make sure that young people are able to keep up with reading skills in an exciting and fun way.

"When I visited libraries during the summer I always came away so impressed by the enthusiasm of our library staff in promoting the summer reading challenge and I'd like to thank them for all their hard work in ensuring the success of the challenge."

Next years summer reading challenge will be an Animal Whodunit.

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