Summer Reading Programme
This year is the 20th anniversary of the E.C Read’n Summer Reading programme and its popularity hasn’t waned.
Around 600 local children aged between 4 and 13 years are expected to undertake the programme in the city this year. The programmes are being held at the Central Library and our Community Libraries in Ashhurst, Roslyn, Awapuni and Te Patikitiki in Highbury. A Te Reo option is available and a pilot programme with other language options may be available. After 20 years, there are now second generations undertaking the programme. Parents who remember the incentive gifts, medallions and other rewards for completing the programme are sharing their memories with their own children. The success of the programme, which starts on 28 November, is based on children telling librarians about their books and being rewarded for this. Fun library events and activities are also held as part of the programme. This encouragement ensures children’s reading levels don’t dip during the school holidays. With continuous sponsorship from the programme from Eastern and Central Community Trust the programme is delivered to 28 libraries in the wider region with over 4300 children expected to enrol this year. “We encourage children to share their reading with family members,” says Palmerston North City Library children’s programme coordinator Rhonda Chenery. “Reading is one of the most powerful tools for creating life-long learners, and attending the library regularly also helps foster relationships with librarians. We have lots of incentives and fun events for them to enjoy. ” Due to the popularity of the programme and limited spaces a ballot is held. The ballot runs from 31 October – 13 November. Details of the ballot can be found on the Palmerston North City Library website – www.citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz. To qualify for the finale those on the programme must report-in four times over summer.