Pizza deal for young read­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID NI­COLL

Mata­mata Li­brary has been re­ward­ing young read­ers with free pizza thanks to Hell Pizza.

Chil­dren and teens who were is­sued with an ‘‘8-trip pizza wheel’’ from their lo­cal li­brary are be­ing re­warded with a ‘‘333 kids pizza’’ from Hell Pizza for read­ing eight books.

The pro­mo­tion was the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween the Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and Hell Pizza.

Hell’s spon­sor­ship of the LIANZA Chil­dren’s Book Awards has seen a spike in read­ing among young people when 100,000 wheels were dis­trib­uted by LIANZA to schools and li­braries across the coun­try.

District li­brar­ian Sue Lean said staff or­dered 350 wheels for the three li­braries in the Mata­mataPi­ako district which have all been snapped up.

Lean said that the pro­mo­tion has been very pop­u­lar and helped to en­cour­age a lot of young chil­dren to read. ‘‘I think it’s been very suc­cess­ful.’’ Al­though there isn’t a Hell Pizza in the district, Lean said it hasn’t put off read­ers from get­ting in­volved.

‘‘We did warn them all that they would have to go to Hamil­ton or Tau­ranga but that didn’t seem to be a prob­lem.’’

LIANZA re­la­tion­ships man­ager Wendy Walker said they had re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from li­brar­i­ans.

‘‘Kids love pizza. It’s a cool in­cen­tive.’’

‘‘Some kids have been set­ting read­ing time aside to get that click on their pizza wheel.’’

The win­ners of the LIANZA Chil­dren’s Book Awards will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony which will be held in Welling­ton on Au­gust 4.

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