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Library Reading Challenge

Library Reading Challenge

Saturday 26th September and Saturday 2nd October saw Barnsley Central Library host the celebration ceremonies for their Summer Reading Challenge. Guest author, Melanie J Firth, who has now released two books in the seven part ‘Faery Tales’ series was there to meet and greet the 200 young people who had taken part and attended one of the 6 separate presentation sessions. Melanie read extracts from her books and talked about her own personal experiences as a writer and avid reader of children’s fiction. She congratulated the award winners on their recognition of the importance of reading and encouraged them to take up writing their own stories to keep their imaginations alive. The children received certificates and medals for finishing 6 books throughout their school holiday and afterwards Melanie signed personal faery messages in the books purchased.

Talking to parents and librarians after the event, Melanie said, “Our local libraries are such wonderful and magical places and we should really treasure them and the work that goes on here. I’m looking forward to keeping up an exciting relationship with Barnsley Central Library now by leading some creative writing workshop sessions.”

These will take place in November and beyond, with more information available on the Barnsley Library website for anyone who would like further details.


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