Kids keep­ing up with read­ing

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Tau­ranga City Li­braries Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme aims to keep chil­dren aged five to 10 read­ing over sum­mer, so they do not ex­pe­ri­ence a dip in read­ing level when they re­turn to school in the new year.

Each year, 800 chil­dren from across Tau­ranga take part in the pro­gram­me­which is run at our four li­braries. Chil­dren reg­is­ter for the pro­gramme and are asked to read for 15 min­utes a day, com­ing into the li­brary three times dur­ing the pro­gramme to talk­with a li­brar­ian about the books they have read.

Each time they visit, they are given en­cour­age­ment and a prize to re­ward them for their ef­forts. Chil­dren who com­plete the pro­gramme by check­ing in three times are in­vited to bring their fam­i­lies along to an end-of- pro­gramme party to cel­e­brate, where they are given a cer­tifi­cate and a prize book.

Tween Reads Pro­gramme is aimed at 11 to 14 year olds. Teens aged 14 to 18 can take part in the Tween Reads Pro­gramme, or the new Teen pro­gramme. Teen Reads en­cour­ages teens to read over the sum­mer, let­ting the li­brary know what li­brary item they have read.

Keep your kids read­ing up dur­ing the hol­i­days.

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