All ready for summer reading
For 20 years a popular reading programme has helped Palmerston North children maintain their reading levels over the long summer holiday break.
So popular in fact, that numbers have been capped at 600.
Palmerston North City Library children’s programme co-ordinator Rhonda Chenery said even with places for 600 participants, the E.C.Read’n Summer Reading programme for children aged between 4 and 13 years, was usually oversubscribed, and the children had to be balloted.
‘‘It is one of the most popular free summer activities we offer.’’
Chenery said while children have to register, every effort was made to accommodate as many as possible so that no one missed out.
‘‘We’ve extended the numbers by 20 or so every year by allocating extra places and making use of our community Living Rooms.’’
As well as maintaining and improving reading levels, the programme focuses on reading as a fun activity, encouraging children to explore new books, and offers one-on-one sessions, and followups if required.
‘‘There are rewards, incentives and activities, but for most children it’s the joy of sharing their reading experiences, and why such a high percentage of those taking part qualify to attend the finale.’’
It will be hosted by the city library and also held at community libraries in Ashhurst, Roslyn, Awapuni and Te Patikitiki in Highbury.
The programme this year offers options in te reo Maori, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish, Japanese and German to support those who speak those first languages in the home.
The programme’s 20-year longevity has been made possible by continuous sponsorship from the Eastern and Central Community Trust.
‘‘It supports reading at home and reading together. Reading is still one of the best ways of creating life-long learners,’’ Chenery said.
The E.C.Read’n Summer Reading ballot will be held from Monday, October 31 to Sunday, November 13, with registration details on the Palmerston North City Library website, or at any of the city’s community libraries.
The programme starts on November 28 before the summer holidays start, with after school sessions. The finale will be in the Esplanade on January 19.
‘‘Reading is still one of the best ways of creating life-long learners’’ Rhonda Chenery