Record numbers for the Mythical Maze Challenge

October 05 2014

A RECORD 7,251 children in South Gloucestershire took part in the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.


A RECORD 7,251 children in South Gloucestershire took part in the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.

The annual event, organised by the Reading Agency, was free to enter and took place between July and September. Young people were challenged to read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way.

Libraries held a range of free activities throughout the summer including mythical creations workshops where children could create their own mythical creatures and puppets using household materials.

Council chairman Howard Gawler presented medals and certificates to successful participants at a celebration event at Staple Hill Library.

One of the children receiving an award was five-year-old Teddie from Staple Hill. Teddie’s mum, Grace Williams, said: “We thought it was brilliant. It encouraged Teddie to finish reading his books and he’s keen to start another one. We now read together more as a family.”

Councillor Gawler said: “It’s wonderful to see so many children in South Gloucestershire this enthusiastic about reading. Children’s reading ability can often dip during the long summer holidays, but the Summer Reading Challenge helps ensure that they return to school confident and motivated readers. All of the children who have completed the challenge should be congratulated for their fantastic efforts.”

More than 70 volunteers have supported children taking part in the challenge by listening to them talk about their books and helping with the activities in the library. The volunteers from Staple Hill and Downend also received certificates.

Some of the volunteers also made a film about the Mythical Maze. It can be viewed at

One of the volunteers at Emersons Green Library, Sophie Findlay, won a national £100 prize for her contribution to the scheme .

She said: “I was on holiday when I heard that I had won the prize and I could not believe it! I have just had such fun meeting so many lovely enthusiastic children.”