Keen young bookworms rewarded
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.