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