A 6-YEAR-OLD from Pontypool has been awarded a £100 Smyths Toy Store gift card after winning the Torfaen libraries Summer Reading Challenge.

Logan Weaver, who attends New Inn Primary School, was selected at random from the 387 children who completed the challenge.

Every summer Torfaen libraries take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, a UK-wide challenge run by The Reading Agency. It encourages families to visit libraries during the summer holidays, and asks four to 11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during this time.

Every challenge is based around a theme, with this year’s being Space Chase - inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.


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This year, 733 children in Torfaen took part in the challenge, and 387 completed it.

Mr Weaver was presented a medal, certificate and a £100 Smyths gift card, funded by the Welsh Books Council, in his school assembly on Thursday, October 24.

His mum, Emma Milne, 39, said: “We really enjoy visiting our local library, and we really enjoyed the summer challenge.

“Logan was really excited when he found out he had won, and we have a few Smyth Toy Store visits lined up.”

(Logan Weaver, who won the Torfaen Summer Reading Challenge, with his mum Emma Milne. Picture: Torfaen Council)

Councillor Richard Clark, executive member for economy, skills and regeneration, said: “Reading is such an important life skill, and if we can encourage young people to enjoy reading when they are young then hopefully they will continue to enjoy reading as they get older.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge, especially Logan, who was lucky enough to be crowned the winner this year.

“Our libraries always have something going on, especially during school holiday times, so I would like to encourage everyone to keep an eye on our libraries Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out the most up to date information.”