Sheffield’s Lord Mayor met dedicated young volunteers who helped make this year’s Summer Reading Challenge the ‘best yet’.
Coun Denise Fox invited fourteen teenagers to the Town Hall to recognise their voluntary work during the challenge.
Figures are still being collected but it is estimated about 5,000 children took part in the challenge, which is more than any other year.
The teenage volunteers helped out in council-run libraries, working with the children taking part and each giving up 15 hours of their time.
Hamda Einashie, 15, was one of those to get a certificate from the Lord Mayor at the special ceremony at the Town Hall. She said: “I worked at Darnall Library during the summer holidays to help with the Summer Reading Challenge.
“I have volunteered because I like helping kids to read and I have loved meeting new friends too.”
The council’s cabinet member for community services and libraries Jack Scott said: “Reading from an early age is really important and research shows it helps children do well at school, as well as in later life. That’s exactly why we run the summer reading challenge in our libraries.
“These young people have done a great job of helping children taking part, and I want to thank them all for their contribution
The reading challenge runs in all Sheffield libraries. Last year more than 4,000 children took part.
It is organised by Sheffield Council’s schools and young people’s library service which helps raise reading standards and encourage reading for pleasure.