Na­tional book night marked at coun­try school

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - ERIN TASKER

Stu­dents at Mt Somers Spring­burn School have taken part in a na­tion­wide Book Night aim­ing to pro­mote lit­er­acy and a love for books.

More than 2200 peo­ple took part in 45 dif­fer­ent Book Night events across the coun­try, in­clud­ing al­most 60 peo­ple – both chil­dren and adults – at the Mt Somers Spring­burn School event in the Mid Canterbury foothills.

Book Night is a con­cept launched last year by Book Dis­cus­sion Scheme (BDS), and it’s an event which has grown im­mensely in just two years. This year’s na­tion­wide tally of peo­ple tak­ing part was well over the in­au­gu­ral year’s fig­ure, ac­cord­ing to BDS.

Events took place thanks to schools, li­braries, book groups and other or­gan­i­sa­tions around the coun­try.

At Mt Somers Spring­burn School, read­ers con­verged on the school’s li­brary with cush­ions in hand and cud­dled up with a good book and a mug of hot choco­late – the hot drinks were sold as a fundraiser, with money raised set to go to­wards li­brary re­fur­bish­ments. In to­tal they raised just un­der $100.

All those who took part and read for 15 min­utes went into a na­tion­wide prize draw.

BDS is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished in 1973, which to­day has 1200 groups rep­re­sent­ing more than 11,000 mem­bers.

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Tak­ing part in Mt Somers Spring­burn School’s book night were (from left) Flynn Wal­lace, 6, Made­line Brown and Luca Brown, 6.

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