Wisbech bookworms rewarded

The Mayor of Wisbech surrounded by the young medal winners from the summer reading challenge.
The Mayor of Wisbech surrounded by the young medal winners from the summer reading challenge.
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BOOK-loving youngsters were rewarded on Saturday for the hard work they put in completing a summer reading challenge.

The annual reading programme put on by Cambridgeshire Libraries over the summer holidays was a big success, with hundreds of children across the county signing up to read six books – one for each week of the summer break.

At Wisbech, 110 youngsters completed the challenge and were at the library to receive their Storylab certificate and medal.

The medals were given out by Wisbech Mayor Viv MacRae, who wore the biggest gold medal of them all – otherwise known as her mayoral chain.

Saturday also saw the opening of an art exhibition that will be on display at the library all this week.

Father Paul West, who was head of an art school in Australia before he became a priest, opened the exhibition of work that was created by children at four art workshops held over the summer.

He said Wisbech was a “great place to live” and urged the creative youngsters to continue making art.

The workshops were led by Kate Blake and she was helped by local artist Chris Franncis and 18-year-old James Tomkinson.

A long list of people were thanked by children’s librarian Louise Aldridge, including library staff members Linda Wade and Beth Thompson and the seven dedicated teenage volunteers who helped to make the Storylab reading challenge possible.