Thousands take part in summer reading challenge

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Thousands of youngsters have once again taken part in Aberdeenshire Council’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Almost 9,000 children took in the 2012 Marathon Read Challenge by successfully completing six books of their own choice over the summer holidays.

In recognition of this year’s Olympic Games, the challenge was chosen to link in with the sporting theme and aimed to help promote healthy bodies and minds.

Run by the Aberdeenshire Council Library Service since 2000, the challenge is a fun and accessible way for children of all ages and abilities to get involved with books.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “I’m very pleased to hear that this year’s competition has been as popular as ever and that thousands of children once again got involved in the 2012 Marathon Read.

“The continuing success of the challenge highlights the important role of libraries and books in our communities and shows that even in this electronic age, children of all ages still enjoy being read to and reading books for themselves.”

Committee vice-chair , Councillor Ron McKail, added: “I’d like to congratulate all the staff involved in organising the challenge, as well as all the children who completed it and who excelled themselves with their entries to the trophy and story writing competitions.”

Oil and gas company Total has sponsored the event for the past 12 years.

Total’s communication adviser, Sandra McIntosh said: “TEP UK is proud to once again support the Summer Reading Challenge. In this electronic age, it is fantastic to see that picking up a book can still stimulate and capture the imagination of children.”