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Woodbridge Library Reading Challenge 2016

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Cllr Caroline Page, and Woodbridge Librarian Helen Scrivener hand out awards at the Woodbridge Library Reading Challenge awards ceremony 2016

Today we had the fun of the Reading Challenge awards ceremony at Woodbridge Library – one of the jolliest events in this County Councillor’s annual calendar.

To complete the challenge, each child has to read six books over the summer and discuss each of them with a volunteer.

In the autumn every child who has finished their six books gets a certificate and medal at a special ceremony at Woodbridge Library. It’s such fun – and helps support a love of reading. Some of the Woodbridge volunteers have been reading challengers themselve in years gone by.

400 children registered this year, 60% of whom finished  the challenge. This  meant Woodbridge Library volunteers spent 250 hours helping with the scheme over the summer!!!

This year I augmented the scheme by funding story-reading sessions for the children over the summer, a Dream Jar competition and a magic show to finish the afternoon off in style, once the certificates had been presented.

Getting the creeps at Woodbridge Library

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Woodbridge Library was crammed with children today for the presentation of certificates for this summer’s Reading Challenge. The theme was The Creepy House, and it was clear that a wonderful creepy time was had by all.

I’m proud to say that well over 300 children took part this year – a record number – and a record number – 212 – were able to finish

As well as presenting certificates, medals and special balloons, I also presented prizes to the winners of the Creepy picture competition and the Woodbridge Library Creepy Short Story competition which ran alongside.

As a finale , the children got the chance to look at, and handly a variety of creepy creatures, including snakes, a bearded dragon and a chameleon, courtesy of  Mr Bean’s Reptile Encounters!

Congratulations to all the children who took part – and to the library volunteers who gave so much of their time over the summer to support it. Huge thanks also has to go to all the parents who supported this scheme, enabling their children to take part

Woodbridge Library goes Creepy

What a jolly morning I’ve had, judging the kids’ short story competition that Woodbridge Library has been running alongside this summer’s Reading Challenge. The theme for both was The Creepy House , and the stories were all so great it was hard to choose between them: huge amounts of beautifully descriptive writing and some very weird happenings indeed. We have a horde of budding writers in Woodbridge.

I can’t wait till the Awards ceremony on Sunday, when there will be creepy balloons and creepy awards for all and some very very VERY creepy crawly visitors..

Woodbridge: how I used the County Councillor’s Locality Budget

Each Suffolk County Councillor has a small Locality budget, to be spent at their discretion on things that benefit their own community. (There are rules – you can’t use it for entertaining, for example). The sum is dictated by the number of the electorate: the budget for Woodbridge was £8,630 a year – £34,520 for the last electoral cycle.

I try to spread the money to cover as many different groups  and needs as possible. Over the last four  years therefore I have given grants for – or towards – the following:

Farlingaye School: *Playground canopies

Woodbridge Town Pastors:  *Bicycles,  *Training

Woodbridge Cycling Festival: *Materials, first aid cover etc

St Mary’s Woodbridge: Repairs  to *Tower and to *South side of the church wall

Deben Swimming Club: *Poolside kit for competitions

Woodbridge RUFC: *Indoor activity area improvements

Woodbridge Town FC Under 8 Team: *Waterproof jackets

Woodbridge Bowls Club:  *Awning for the club house

Deben Players: *Costume store

Woodbridge Youth Centre: *Generator

Wickham Market & District Family Carers Support Group: *Training for respite care volunteers

Homestart Suffolk Coastal  *Laptop

Woodbridge Riverside Trust: *Feasibility study, Whisstocks project

Just 42: Materials for the Graffiti Project: *Hardstanding for Peterhouse  Green

1st Woodbridge Scout Group: *Mower

The Princes Trust: *Flowers/ pots for exterior of Woodbridge Youth Club

YP@ Woodbridge: *Cooking equipment, TV/DVD & Disco/Karaoke unit

Woodbridge Library: *Blackout Blinds; *Reading challenge – balloon modeller, & prizes; *Jonathan Allan illustrator to talk and draw with kids

Woodbridge Town Centre Management: *Walking maps  of Woodbridge;  *Printed jute bags

Woodbridge Town: *Bollards  for  Hasketon Road; *27 Grit bins; *Thoroughfare Bike racks ; *Bench for Petanque area Kingston Field; *repairs to Elmhurst Park wall/shed; *Funding for Jubilee Pavilion; *Bench at Hasketon/Grundisburgh road junction

Woodbridge Community Council: *Solar  panels Woodbridge Community hall

Tide Mill Trust  (by their earnest request)  match funding for *renovation of the Tide Mill

 

Record number of young readers take over the Library

 

Summer Reading Challenge at Woodbridge Library
The Summer Reading Challenge at Woodbridge Library attracted a record number of young participants

A record number of young readers signed up for the Summer Reading Game in Woodbridge Library this year – and a record 176 finished the challenge. So much for the theory that children no longer read books.

This afternoon, a horde of children  of every age from 3 to early teens, their parents – and most importantly, the volunteers who spend so much time every summer, hearing the children read as they progress through the game –  took over the Woodbridge Library  as they came to receive their certificates and medals –  and watch Dan the Balloon Man as he twisted ever more  interesting balloon creations for them to take away

Every child received a medal and a certificate.

It’s true you know.  Children LIKE libraries. Let’s make sure that we never lose ours