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Success story as summer reading scheme shines bright

10 September 2018

Councillor Janet Emsley with Ray Stearn and children.

Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a summer of reading, exercise and healthy eating thanks to our pioneering Fit, Feed and Read scheme.

The popular programme of events, funded by townships committees, supports children to read books and enjoy learning in a fun environment.

Over 300 kids packed into Balderstone, Darnhill, Junction, Langley and Smallbridge libraries throughout the summer.

In a further boost, there was an increase in the number of children who completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers.

Youngsters who successfully read 6 books were awarded specially designed medals and certificates during presentations at library branches.

The vision of the Fit, Feed and Read scheme, which is run in partnership with Link4Life, is to provide children with lunch, a free activity and learning opportunities throughout the school holidays.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for libraries, said: "I am so pleased to see how many children participated in Fit, Feed and Read this year. We are very proud of the scheme, which promotes healthy eating and ensures children are provided with positive activities to enjoy during the school holidays. Well done to everyone involved in completing the challenge and underlining that reading matters. It's another Rochdale libraries success story to be proud of".

Councillor Allen Brett, our leader, said: "I was really impressed with Fit, Feed and Read which showcased our libraries at their very best. The scheme is thriving and popular with children and parents across the borough. It encourages learning, socialising and healthy eating in a fun environment. We have one of the best library services in the country with a committed and dedicated team of staff. Thank you to everyone for making the 2018 Fit, Feed and Read the best one yet".