Keen young book­worms re­warded

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVIDSON

Mata­mata Pub­lic Li­brary’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gramme ‘ Don’t mon­key around, read!’ ended on a high note last Wed­nes­day with a fi­nale party at the Mata­mata Sports Cen­tre.

Story teller Gary Snape per­formed a pup­pet show, read aloud, sang songs and even in­cluded a bit of ham­ster in a hat magic be­fore the chil­dren were pre­sented with their com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates and chose a book to keep.

Com­mu­nity li­brar­ian Nick Vin­cent said the party was a fit­ting end­ing for a very suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tive.

‘‘The pro­gramme was aimed at 5-13 year olds to en­cour­age them to read and use the li­brary. They had to do three check-ins, where they would come in and talk to a li­brar­ian about the books they were read­ing.

‘‘All the kids were re­ally keen and en­thu­si­as­tic, in­stead of bring­ing one book to their check-ins some were bring­ing four or five. We had 54 kids com­plete it, which was a fan­tas­tic re­sponse.’’

In fact the re­sponse was so pos­i­tive that Mr Vin­cent said they were in dis­cus­sions about in­tro­duc­ing a sec­ond in­stal­ment later in the year.

‘‘We are look­ing at do­ing a win­ter pro­gramme too, we’d like to do that, so keep an eye out down the track.’’

The free pro­gramme also ran at the Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha li­braries and in­cluded stick­ers for each book a child read, ac­tiv­ity sheets for them to com­plete, small gifts on the com­ple­tion of tasks and two craft days as well as the fi­nale party.

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