Children enjoy big friendly reads

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Cllr Yousef Dahmash with the readers.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Cllr Yousef Dahmash with the readers.

Young bookworms in Rugby have received awards as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s challenge was Roald Dahl themed and children attended events at Rugby Library to read six books over their summer holiday.

Youngsters also created their very own BFG inspired Dream Jars and messy-beards from The Twits.

An awards ceremony was held at the library on Saturday where MP Mark Pawsey and Cllr Yousef Dahmash, Ward Member for Caldecott in Rugby, were there to present the medal and certificates to the children.

Cllr Dahmash said: “I would like to thank the fantastic team at the Rugby library and the ‘Reading Buddies’ for helping the children throughout the summer and, of course, the many parents who encouraged their children to take the Summer Reading Challenge. It was incredible to see such a huge number of local children taking part and I hope even more will do so next year.”

The Roald Dahl theme for this year tied in with the 100th birthday of the late Roald Dahl, as well as the recent live-action film adaptation of The BFG.

Children were encouraged to engage with Dahl’s classic children’s books, as well as talk with the teenage ‘Reading Buddy’ volunteers to find new and exciting books for them to read. Cllr Dave Parsons, chair of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see the children introduced to the world of Roald Dahl in this commemorative year. The library has done a wonderful job in supporting the children.”