Children celebrate achievements in Knowsley’s libraries

Published on: Monday, 12-October-2015

Children and young people in Knowsley have been recognised for successfully completing a range of fantastic Library Service initiatives at a special event in Huyton Library.

Cllr Connor, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, presented children and young people with their certificates and prizes.

The Library Service runs an annual Summer Challenge to encourage children to keep reading during the school holidays. This summer 615 children took part, discovering amazing world records as they read their way through six library books, collecting stickers along the way.

Everyone who completed the challenge received a medal and certificate at their local library and a child from each library was invited to attend the borough wide celebration in Huyton Library. Summer Reading Challenge volunteers and winners with their certificates and prizes in Huyton Library

Halewood Church of England School collected the trophy for the school with the most pupils completing the challenge for the second year running.

The event also saw six young volunteers recognised for their role in helping promote the challenge to children and families visiting Knowsley’s libraries over the school holidays.

Another group of children collected their Arts Award certificates. The Key Stage 2 pupils completed a range of exciting arts activities to achieve the Discover Arts Award. They visited the exhibition at Huyton Art Gallery, researched an artist, created their own artwork and had fun learning more about the arts through games and quizzes.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said:

“There’s lots going on in Knowsley’s libraries and it’s great to see so many children and young people getting involved. It’s fantastic that so many youngsters kept up their reading over the summer break through the Reading Challenge while others have been discovering the amazing arts around them. Well done to everyone involved in these exciting library service initiatives!

Local author Amanda Brooke launched Knowsley’s Writing Competition at the event. Open to young people and adults who live, work or study in Knowsley, entrants are asked to write a poem or short story inspired by a piece of music. Amanda gave an interesting talk on how to spark ideas for writing and poetry.

Entries can me made online via the council website, emailed to: or forms are available from any Knowsley library. There will be prizes for winners, runners-up and promising entries in each category.

The closing date is Friday 19 February 2016. Full details are available on the council’s website.

The adult reading challenge, Reading Ahead, was also launched. Participants pick six reads, keep a reading diary and earn a certificate. Those completing the challenge can enter a national prize draw for a trip to London, there’s also a special Knowsley Prize Draw.

You can do the challenge as an individual or as part of a course, study group or work team. The library service can provide an exciting collection of books for groups to share and exchange, making borrowing and exchanging books easier. Contact Tracey Collins on 443 2679 for more information about Reading Ahead.


Summer Reading Challenge volunteers and winners with their certificates and prizes in Huyton Library