Support for youth reading
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.