Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

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.

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