Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
Over 150 Islington residents registered for this year's Six Book Challenge. Of those who took it up, 54 completed the Challenge this summer. It is the largest group to register and complete the Challenge in the two years it's been running in Islington.
The Six Book Challenge was run in the London borough as part of the Islington Reads initiative to get more people in Islington reading. The creation of Islington Reads was a recommendation from the Islington Fairness Commission, which recognised that reading skills are important in improving self-confidence and employment opportunities.
The Six Book Challenge completers were awarded their certificates at a special celebration at Islington Central Library by poet Paul Lyalls. One resident who completed the Challenge said: "I used to come to the library with my daughter to encourage her to read. Now I come for myself. The Six Book Challenge has been a really fun thing to do."
Councillor Janet Burgess, Islington Council's executive member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "More studies are indicating that reading is the key to professional success and health and well-being - as well as a source of sheer pleasure. I want to congratulate all those who took part in this year's Six Book Challenge - including our record number of adult learners now taking up reading for fun as well as study."
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