Over 200 Westminster readers aged from 18 to 79 have won special recognition for completing the 2016 Reading Ahead challenge.
The nationwide challenge invites participants to pick 6 reads – anything from books and magazines to website articles, and record, rate and review them in a reading diary.
The programme is designed to help less confident readers improve their reading skills and is run locally by Westminster libraries, Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) and Working Men’s College, particularly encouraging readers with English as a second language to take part. Last year, over 48,000 people took part across the UK.
In Westminster, 746 people participated in this year’s challenge, with 221 receiving the completion certificate. The Church Street Library achieved the highest number of completers with 149 readers receiving certificates.
Westminster participants celebrated their success at a special event at WAES in Lisson Grove with author Di Sherlock last week.
Di said: “ I was impressed and much moved by the large number of mainly women - of all ages – who despite family commitments made time to connect with stories and ideas in a language not their own– their achievement is a celebration of human aspiration and connectedness which it was an honour to be part of.”
Councillor David Harvey, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure said: “Reading is a vital skill and it’s wonderful to see so many people in Westminster take part and develop their confidence. I hope that all participants continue to build on their success and help spread the joy of reading in their communities.”