On Leigh Park’s reading beat

BOOKS PCSO Sophie Musselwhite, who has an office inside Leigh Park Library, reads to children as part of the library's summer reading challenge. From left, sisters Courtney, 12, and Alisha Brooker, eight, and Emma Bailey, eight. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122544-1)
BOOKS PCSO Sophie Musselwhite, who has an office inside Leigh Park Library, reads to children as part of the library's summer reading challenge. From left, sisters Courtney, 12, and Alisha Brooker, eight, and Emma Bailey, eight. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122544-1)

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LEIGH Park Library is a place for the whole community, as this picture shows.

At their twice-weekly drop-in centre, Police Community Support Officers yesterday helped children with their summer reading challenge.

Youngsters aged four to 12 from across the country have been visiting libraries to take part in the challenge in which they must read at least six books over the holidays.

Lily Waters, the assistant Leigh Park Library manager, said: ‘The police hold a drop-in centre twice a week because they find that people prefer to speak to them in a more informal setting.

‘Sometimes the officers help the children with the reading.

‘The reading challenge is very popular and a wonderful way to encourage children to read.’

The schoolchildren have been enjoying a wide range of books and once they have completed all six they are entered into a competition to win classic children’s books.

There is still time to begin the challenge by popping into your local library.

PCSOs visit Leigh Park Library twice a week – from 10am to midday on Monday and 5pm to 7pm on Thursday.