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Harley is Summer Reading Challenge winner

Harley Britt with Bristol’s Lord Mayor Cleo Lake and Reader Engagement Manager for Bristol Libraries Julia Ball.

A young book lover from School of Christ the King has won Filwood Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Six-year-old Harley Britt went to Central Library with mum Tracy on Monday (24 September) to receive his award – a bag of books – from the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Cleo Lake.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national event and takes place at 27 libraries across the city – encouraging children aged four to 11 to read six books over the long holiday.

The theme this year was Mischief Makers, inspired by the children’s Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary

Each library nominates a winner and Harley, was picked by Filwood librarian Hazel Lawrie.

Julia Ball, Reader Engagement Manager for Bristol Libraries said: “The Reading Challenge has been going 20 odd years and is organised by the Reading Agency nationally… In Bristol over 4,500 children take part.

“Historically children’s reading ages dipped during the school holidays so schools didn’t want this dip when they came back…

“It’s reading for pleasure and education and they can read absolutely anything – whatever they prefer…”

Harley who attends the library every week with his Year 2 class said: “I love reading because it makes you clever. I felt happy when I went up to collect my prize from the Lord Mayor…”