Hundreds at reading programme finale
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.