Eager young readers up for a challenge

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Hundreds of young book-lovers have been saluted for their efforts during a summer-long reading challenge.

The primary school pupils, who each read six books during the holiday event promoted by Herts libraries, received certificates and medals at reward ceremonies across the county.

More than 1,000 children took part in the annual challenge to promote reading, which this year had the theme of The Mythical Maze.

Library staff enlisted the help of an army of volunteers to help the youngsters reach their target.

According to the latest figures, more than 1,000 children took part in Stevenage, 684 in Hitchin, 552 in Letchworth, 272 in Baldock, and 487 in Royston.

One medal winner, five-year-old Leon Sigirtmac of Stevenage, said: “I love coming to the library and had so much fun. I can’t wait until next year’s challenge.”