Everyone enjoyed the fun-filled prize giving for Aberdeenshire Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge 2014. Local winners from across the shire, ranging in age from 3 to 13, were invited to attend the morning of activities and celebrations. The event was hosted by challenge sponsor, TOTAL E&P UK at their premises in Aberdeen on Saturday 4th October. 2014 saw the 14th year of this ever-successful challenge, where children read and learn from books and enter competitions to engage with their imagination and creativity. The challenge is always a fun activity for all children and aims to promote reading, encourage progression and involve children in cultural activity.
The challenge this year was a great success, with 34% more kids taking part than in 2013. 98% of children asked said they woul take part in the challenge again next year. This year we linked in to the national WWI theme, with prizes being donated from Poppyscotland and the Gordon Highlanders Museum. Children of all ages across Aberdeenshire were asked to read 6 books over the school holidays and to submit pictures and stories based on this year’s theme of ‘Travel through time with a good book’. The entries were very imaginative, so it was not an easy task to choose the overall winners.
The morning at TOTAL E&P UK consisted of 4 activities including:
Children were inspired by Danny Streames from Poppyscotland who helped them all plant poppies in a memorial garden at TEP UK.
They also had fun learning from Dougie Smith who came to the event from Help for Heroes.
The awards ceremony itself, hosted by author Deborah Leslie, caused a hush of anticipation as the kids waited to hear who the overall winners would be.
Third place went to Annabelle from Maud, age 6. She won herself and her family a trip to the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, with her equally bright and funny drawing.
Second place went to Emily from New Pitsligo, age 8. Emily wrote a wonderful story about a famous cook from WW1 who turned out to be her great grandmother. This won her and her class a trip to the Gordon Highlander Museum.
First prize this year was a class visit to the Poppyscotland HQ in Edinburgh. Sabrina, age 12, of Banchory won this prize with her imaginative tale featuring vampires, black cats and travelling both back and forwards in time. Sabrina couldn’t make it to the event so Aberdeenshire Libraries and TEP UK visited her at Banchory Academy to present her with her prize.
Sabrina and her History classmates will be heading to Edinburgh at the end of this week to enjoy the prize that she has won for them all.