‘Circus’ comes to Cronk-y-Berry School for Summer Reading Challenge prize ceremony

The circus came to town for the Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge prize presentation at Cronk-y-Berry School, organised by the Henry Bloom Noble Library in association with challenge sponsors Scottish Widows.


The Mayor and Mayoress with 'circus stars' and Scottish Widows sponsors

121 children completed the challenge, a Reading Agency initiative that aims to keep children reading throughout the school summer holidays and requires them to read six or more books of their choice. As the children progress they earn collectable incentives and rewards. Those completing this year’s challenge received a certificate and medal presented by the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas, Councillor Ritchie McNicholl and Mrs Julie McNicholl.

Congratulating the children His Worship said completing the challenge was ‘a marvellous achievement’ and he spoke of the ‘great success’ of the six circus-themed workshops led by senior library assistant Shirley Moore which included two circus skills sessions with Mike Bell of The Play People who, before the awards, gave a short performance involving much audience participation.

2011 is the sixth year in succession the library has supported the Summer Reading Challenge. Borough librarian Jan Macartney said: ‘Not only did we have 121 children completing Circus Stars but also there were dozens of children who wrote fabulous book reviews, entered the “true or false” quiz and the hunt-the-character and design-a-circus-scene competitions. The challenge was a great success, thanks not only to my library colleagues but also to Mike Bell for his inspired workshop sessions and, of course, the continued and much valued support of our sponsors, Scottish Widows.’

Scottish Widows has sponsored the Summer Reading Challenge for four years. Senior manager Juan Clarke said Scottish Widows was proud to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and get involved in the community adding: ‘Working with the Henry Bloom Noble Library is a key part of our support of literacy.’


The Mayor and Mayoress with 'resident clown' aka senior library assistant Shirley Moore and Juan Clarke of Scottish Widows


Senior library assistant Shirley Moore and Scottish Widows' Juan Clarke with Rhys Clague, seven, winner of the design-a-circus-scene competition


Senior library assistant Shirley Moore with Megan Woods, eight


Mike Bell of The Play People, demonstrates his diabolo dexterity

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