Sup­port for youth read­ing

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - SOUTH WAIKATO DISTRICT COUN­CIL

The Tokoroa and Pu­taruru City Li­ons are again part­ner­ing with the South Waikato District Coun­cil to de­liver the suc­cess­ful Library Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme.

‘‘The chil­dren of the South Waikato are for­tu­nate to have com­mu­nity groups like the Tokoroa and Pu­taruru City Li­ons co­fund this pro­gramme,’’ library man­ager Lalita Sud­hakar said.

Mayor Jenny Shat­tock ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the com­mu­nity Li­ons groups for their con­tin­ued sup­port of chil­dren’s read­ing through the an­nual pro­gramme.

‘‘With­out the gen­eros­ity of the Li­ons, this pro­gramme - aimed at en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to read would not be pos­si­ble,’’ she said.

Tokoroa City Li­ons rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jon Welch said all the money Li­ons makes through fundrais­ing is given away, and they hope to con­tinue their sup­port of the pro­gramme over the com­ing years.

Started in 1997 by the East­ern and Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Trust, the South Waikato Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme is now in its 19th year.

Each year sees a new theme, this year’s being Sail into Read­ing.

‘‘Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to read books to keep up their read­ing abil­ity over the long sum­mer break,’’ Sud­hakar said.

‘‘Chil­dren can look for­ward to re­wards and ac­tiv­ity sheets too.’’

Shat­tock com­mented how ‘‘the world opens up when you’ve got a book’’.

The read­ing pro­gramme is free for the district’s chil­dren, age 4-11.

‘‘The world opens up when you've got a book.’’

Mayor Jenny Shat­tock, Tokoroa City Li­ons’ Jon Welch, library man­ager Lalita Sud­hakar, Tokoroa City Li­ons’ Bar­bara Tay­lor, and li­brar­ian De­siree Morunga.

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