Book challenge no problem for Rasen reader Rowan

Rowan Lee-Muir with mum Gail and library staff - Mel Fenwick and Kathy Perry
Rowan Lee-Muir with mum Gail and library staff - Mel Fenwick and Kathy Perry

A young Rasen reader has become the first person to complete the Bookstart Challenge through Market Rasen Library.

It has taken five-year-old Rowan Lee-Muir less than two years to complete the challenge, which has included visiting the library a minimum of 60 times and taking out a range of books.

Every visit was stamped on Rowan’s Bookstart passport with Bookstart Bear’s paw print and over the months, he has also collected a number of achievement certificates.

“It was good,” said Rowan.

“I like coming to the library and doing all the things.”

But Rowan, of course, couldn’t have done the challenge without his parents, who are keen supporters of the library system.

“I have been a life-long member of the library and I want my child to be a lifelong member too,” said mum Gail.

“I want him to enjoy the experience books can bring, they open up a wealth of knowledge.

“The staff her at Market Rasen are fantastic; they’re the font of all knowledge and Rowan really enjoys coming here.”

Now Rowan will start on the next challenge - Rooted in Reading, a more structured scheme, encouraging children to broaden their reading experience using newspapers and non-fiction books.

“We are very proud of Rowan’s achievements,” said staff member Kathy Perry.

“We’ve enjoyed watching him develop and grow as one of our regular borrowers and hope to continue that for many years to come.”