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Summer Reading Challenge Literally A Success

Poole Libraries are celebrating a hugely successful summer, as over 2,700 children in Poole took part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge, a 30% increase on last year's challenge!
Children went on a spine-tingling adventure through the Creepy House, reading 6 books in return for some thrilling incentives and rewards.

This year children collected Mystery Mungler trump cards along with receiving a medal and certificate for completing the challenge.

Hamworthy Library will host a Summer Reading Challenge celebration on Saturday 28 September at 3pm to include an audience with award-winning author Guy Bass, creator of the Mystery Munglers. Awards will be handed out to the winning school and library with the highest number of participants.

The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, who will be joining in the celebrations said: "It’s great that so many children took part in the challenge this year and I can't wait to help celebrate our young readers' achievements. I hope they will continue reading long into their futures."

Certificates will also be presented to our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers who gave their time over the summer in helping to organise the challenge in libraries.

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, (with responsibility for Libraries), Borough of Poole said: "The success of our children relies heavily on our amazing band of dedicated Reading Challenge Volunteers, who help in so many ways to make the challenge popular with schools, children and parents. A huge thanks to all of them for their support and enthusiasm over the summer months and for making reading such an upbeat, enjoyable experience for our children."

Lots of fun Creepy House events took place in libraries all through the summer, including crafts and activities. Our Let’s Get Ready to Mungle Festival, which ran from 29 July to 2 August, was a big hit with appearances from professional performers such as Treetops Theatre Group and storyteller Graham Rogers among others.