Bookworms in world record reading attempt

PUBLISHED: 16:10 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 18:14 14 July 2015

Library volunteers, the Siddique family and Cllr Dev Sharma, right

Library volunteers, the Siddique family and Cllr Dev Sharma, right


To launch this year’s summer reading challenge, more than 250 children flocked to Redbridge Central Library at the weekend.

The library, in Clements Road, Ilford, encouraged as many children as possible to sign up to the scheme and pledge that they will read six books during the summer holidays.

It is also taking part in a national attempt to set a Guinness World Records title for the most pledges received for a reading campaign.

So far the library has received 266 pledges and will find out if they’ve smashed the record next week.

Cllr Dev Sharma, Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for civic pride, said: “The event went very well and both parents and children seemed excited.

“Children pledged to come to the library, and adults pledged to encourage them.”

Collecting stickers along the way, young readers will have the opportunity to discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world.

On completion of the challenge, which was devised to help literacy skills and encourage a pleasure for reading, the children will receive a medal and a certificate.

Cllr Sharma added: “As a former teacher and educational psychologist, I strongly believe in the value of such initiatives in promoting literacy.

“Literacy is the most important skill in life and we must do everything possible to encourage children to acquire it.”

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