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The Summer Reading Challenge is almost over so get reading!

This year's Summer Reading Challenge for 4-11 year olds is drawing to a close. You now have just over one week left to finish your six books as the last day to complete your reading record is 30 September.

2017 - Children in a library holding up reading records for the Summer Reading Challenge

Issued on: 21 September 2017.

This year's challenge had an Animal Agents theme and more than 3,500 children have taken part across West Berkshire. If everyone taking part completes the challenge they will have have read more than 21,000 books between them from West Berkshire libraries.

Children collected smelly stickers for each book they read and those that completed the challenge received a certificate, medal and voucher for Beale Park.

With an additional 400 children doing the Mini Challenge and over 500 adults taking part in the GrownUps2 challenge, West Berkshire was certainly in a reading frenzy.

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's executive member for culture said: 'I am both amazed and delighted at how many children, and adults, took part in this year's reading challenge. Encouraging children to read from an early age has a hugely positive impact on their academic development. The summer reading challenge is a great way of encouraging young readers to develop a love of books.'

Readers must complete their reading record and return their chosen six library books by September 30.