Boost for children's summer reading challenge

By on 06/11/2014 in News

Birmingham libraries boosted participation this year’s summer reading challenge by just over 18 per cent, according to recently compiled figures.

7,464 children took part in this year’s challenge, which saw community libraries, the Library of Birmingham and the mobile library service working together to deliver the annual reading promotion across the city.

The number of children completing the challenge by reading six books also increased – up by 13.7 per cent.

Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: “This is a great achievement which shows how hard our library staff work across the city throughout the year, and particularly this programme of summer activities.

“It is so important that children are encouraged to read outside school and that they really enjoy it. Well done to everyone involved.â€

Some interesting stats:

Participation

7464 children took part compared to 6306 in 2013 (18.4% increase)
4245 children completed compared to 3734 in 2013 (13.7% increase)

Gender

3145 boys took part compared to 2690 in 2013 (16.7% increase)
4319 girls took part compared to 3624 in 2013 (19.2% increase)

Age

409 children younger than 4 took part
3465 children aged 4-7 took part
3260 children aged 8-11 took part
330 children aged 12 and older took part

New Members

345 children became library members

Books Issued

54692 books were issued to children between 5 July and 13 September

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