No record but lots of readers

Jacob and Evie Steadman, Charlotte Mansfield and Jo Carter sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge watched by area manager Nicola Rogers and official Guinness witness Kirsty Miller. EMN-151008-080139001
Jacob and Evie Steadman, Charlotte Mansfield and Jo Carter sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge watched by area manager Nicola Rogers and official Guinness witness Kirsty Miller. EMN-151008-080139001

Market Rasen Library tops the county polls when it comes to encouraging people to get reading – and that is
 official.

They were one of seven libraries across Lincolnshire taking part in the national Guinness World Record attempt for Most Pledges Received for a reading campaign as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Mike and Simon Rogers sign up for the challenge at Market Rasen Library EMN-151108-085550001

Mike and Simon Rogers sign up for the challenge at Market Rasen Library EMN-151108-085550001

To break the record, 100,000 pledges were needed nationwide - but the total reached was 80,000.

“It’s not every day you get the chance to take part in a world-record attempt, so we were thrilled to be involved,” said Tarina Jones, Inclusion Services Co-ordinator at Lincolnshire County Council..

“Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get there, but it was still an entertaining day, and a great way to get people into libraries and encourage youngsters to get reading.”

Lincolnshire got 672 pledges in total, with Market Rasen leading the way with a total of 162, just in front of Louth on 152 and Stanford on 148.

It is not too late to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which asks four-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.

Call in at the library any time or go along to the free Record Breakers activity day next Wednesday, August 19.