Hun­dreds at read­ing pro­gramme fi­nale

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

As many as 800 peo­ple filled Palmer­ston North’s Es­planade cafe lawn last Thurs­day night.

The oc­ca­sion was the fi­nale of the an­nual Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme that had been con­ducted from the end of Oc­to­ber and into the school hol­i­days.

‘‘We have had 500 chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in the E.C. Read’n Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme this year,’’ said Li­braries and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices man­ager Deb­bie Dun­can.

‘‘This year was its 20th an­niver­sary. To have a pro­gramme with such his­tory is a re­flec­tion of both its pop­u­lar­ity and the abil­ity to meet the needs of our com­mu­nity.’’

Chil­dren who suc­cess­fully com­pleted the pro­gramme re­ceived a medal­lion and a book they had se­lected.

Dun­can was par­ticu- larly ex­cited about the 2016 pi­lot pro­gramme that of­fered mul­ti­lin­gual op­tions for chil­dren whose first lan­guage is not English.

‘‘This in­volved some won­der­ful vol­un­teers from our com­mu­nity shar­ing their cul­ture, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences.’’

The pro­gramme also worked closely with 23 Pasi­fika chil­dren in their first lan­guage as well as of­fer­ing a it in Te Reo.

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