HAILSHAM: Young bookworm hits a reading milestone

Library assistant Gill Izzard presented Sam with his certificate at Hailsham Library
Library assistant Gill Izzard presented Sam with his certificate at Hailsham Library

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD bookworm from Hailsham has proved himself as one of the best young readers in the county.

Sam Piddlesden-Janes received his 20th Bookstart Bookcrawl certificate at Hailsham Library recently, which means he has visited the library 80 times.

Children under the age of five can take part in the national Bookcrawl initiative, which is organised locally by East Sussex County Council’s Library and Information Service.

Each time young children visit their local library they collect a sticker and after their fourth visit, they are awarded a certificate. The tenth certificate is the gold certificate and this is presented after 40 visits to the library.

Sam has been visiting the library with his mum almost every week since he was four months old, first of all attending the Rhyme Time sessions, and then Story Time for the last couple of years.

Sue Stevens, Bookstart project manager, said, “We were delighted to present Sam with his 20th Bookstart certificate – the normal certificates only go up to ten so it shows what a wonderful achievement this is.

“By coming to the library so often, and attending the library events for children, I am sure that Sam is developing a life-long love for books and reading.

“Every county council library in East Sussex has a great selection of colourful board and picture books for babies, toddlers and pre-school children and there is no charge for books that are overdue, lost or damaged by under fives if the children use their own Elmer library ticket.

“As well as the Bookcrawl scheme, most libraries run story and rhyme sessions – all absolutely free.”

For more information about what’s available for children in libraries, please visit the county council’s website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenslibrary.