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Discover the magic of reading

PUBLISHED: 16:29 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

WELL-READ: Young participants in the challenge.

WELL-READ: Young participants in the challenge.

CHILDREN have been celebrating the end of a summer reading challenge. Some 5,569 children aged four to 12 took part in the 2009 Summer

CHILDREN have been celebrating the end of a summer reading challenge.

Some 5,569 children aged four to 12 took part in the 2009 Summer Reading Challenge, which runs in all Bromley libraries.

This year's event, which was called Quest Seekers, had a fantasy theme. Children were asked to attempt three magical quests, Firebird Rising, Mountain Mission and Dragon's Lair. The events included fantastical challenges such as making medicine for a giant and searching for a golden book. Senior children's librarian, Kate Farmer, said: "Our aim is to help children discover the joy of reading and to nurture a lifelong love affair with reading and books. The summer reading challenge goes from strength to strength and the magical theme really caught everyone's imagination this year."

The challenge, now in its 11th year, is run by The Reading Agency, an independent charity working to inspire people to read more. It is supported by children's publishers. Over the summer holidays the youngsters read six books to complete the challenge and receive a medal and a certificate.

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