Budding bookworms in Hartlepool received special rewards this week after overcoming major hurdles to triumph in a reading challenge.

Seven adults with physical and learning disabilities who attend Warren Road Day Centre have met the national Six Book Challenge to read six books.

To commemorate their achievement, members of the group were presented with certificates and prizes in a ceremony at Hartlepool's Central Library, on York Road.

The group attends special interactive reading sessions for people who don't have strong reading skills, run by library officer Lyz Jones.  Lyz reads to the group and uses sound and touch experiences to help tell the stories - all of which are especially stimulating for those with sensory impairments.

Lyz said: "Together we have worked our way through the six books over the past ten weeks, which is a magnificent achievement.

"I am very proud of the group - they really look forward to the sessions and get so much pleasure from them.  We are now looking ahead to more books and new challenges!"

For more information about the special reading sessions at Central Library, please contact Lyz Jones by: