We were proud to join in the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
Early indications are that the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge in libraries might have been the biggest yet, with libraries in the UK reporting high take up fuelled by the mass enthusiasm for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the partnership between the Summer Reading Challenge and the London 2012 Festival several authors visited libraries over the summer.
Nick Sharratt, author and illustrator, joined children in Brighton Library to launch the partnership between London 2012 Festival and Summer Reading Challenge.
Lucy Castle, Library Community Engagement Manager at Brighton and Hove libraries said, "It opened doors to me to start the conversations with other organisations under the Festival umbrella, since we were all part of the same thing I asked what we could do together".
Children's author Sue Monroe made a surprise visit to Worthing Central Library on 28 August, talking to children about their favourite stories and encouraging them to read their books for the Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge. You can listen to Sue Monroe reading from her story The Magnificent Moon Hare on the Story Lab website.
CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell visited Levenshulme Library in Manchester where she read to a group of excited toddlers and their parents.
Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond Series, visited Kentish Town Library at the end of the summer to help hand out medals and certificates to young readers who had completed the Summer Reading Challenge.
Take a look at more photos of Summer Reading Challenge events and medal ceremonies including authors, celebrities and Olympic torch bearers on our facebook page.
If your child took part in this year's challenge we'd love to hear about their experience and their ceremony. You can email stories and pictures to Chris Cherry on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read what some of our Poetry Champions made of the Olympics and the poetry anthology, Winning Words on our Reading Groups for Everyone site.