Ex­plore hol­i­day read­ing

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Chil­dren are be­ing en­cour­aged to keep their cogs turn­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days with the launch of the Auck­land li­braries sum­mer chal­lenge.

The Dare to Ex­plore sum­mer read­ing ad­ven­ture pro­gramme was launched at Mt Roskill li­brary this week with the help of stu­dents from Do­min­ion Road and St Therese schools.

Speak­ing at the launch was li­braries man­ager Al­li­son Dob­bie and Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board mem­ber Ella Ku­mar.

The pro­gramme is in its sec­ond year and runs at all li­braries across the Auck­land re­gion.

‘‘It’s al­ready proved to be really pop­u­lar, last year we had 6000 chil­dren take part and this year we want lots more,’’ Ms Dob­bie says.

The aim of the pro­gramme is to keep chil­dren read­ing over the sum­mer break.

‘‘It keeps all the cogs in your brain mov­ing through the hol­i­days, so your brain won’t hurt so much when you get back to school.’’

Mrs Ku­mar says the pro­gramme helps equip young peo­ple with ‘‘all the skills, knowl­edge and brain-power’’ to be­come fu­ture lead­ers.

‘‘Dare to Ex­plore is such a great pro­gramme that en­cour­ages you to read and helps make it fun,’’ she says.

Kids who want to take part in the chal­lenge can join at any li­brary in the Auck­land re­gion.

Chil­dren who sign up re­ceive a pass­port and a guide­book to read­ing ac­tiv­i­ties they can do ‘‘at home, on hol­i­day, at the li­brary, on the in­ter­net and with friends’’.

The chal­lenges in this year’s pro­gramme are about New Zealand and what makes it a beau­ti­ful coun­try.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Ex­plor­ing lan­guage: Stu­dents from St Therese School pick up a few French phrases dur­ing the launch of the Dare to Ex­plore read­ing pro­gramme at Mt Roskill li­brary.

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