Read all about it - record number take up challenge
A RECORD number of children have taken part in a summer reading challenge in Swansea.
Three thousand youngsters took part in the event run by the city's library service.
During the school summer holidays they had to visit their library at least three times and read six books.
In total 83,887 books and audiobooks were checked out.
The city's libraries held 400 storytimes and events which were attended by over 7,000 children and over 5,000 parents. Will Evans, Swansea Council's cabinet member for learning and skills, said: "Just last week the National Literacy Trust reported that fewer children across the UK are reading in their own time and one in five is embarrassed to be caught with a book.
"Thank goodness that Swansea seems to be bucking that trend.
"Ground-breaking initiatives in our schools teach children to read and inspire them to want to read.
"The provision and activities in our libraries give them tremendous access to a wide array of books.
"And we also support parents who are also playing their part in ensuring reading is alive and well in the city."