Pizza deal for young readers
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.