Read­ing pro­gramme huge suc­cess story


The Tararua Li­brary’s Win­ter Warm­ers Read­ing Pro­gramme wrapped up on Fri­day Au­gust 31 with the fi­nal awards party at Huia Range in Dan­nevirke.

A to­tal of 15 schools across the Tararua were in­volved in the pro­gramme in­volv­ing 1227 pri­mary chil­dren, 1020 of whom achieved their chal­lenge of read­ing five books and do­ing a re­view of each.

For the ju­niors, that in­volved draw­ing pic­tures of the char­ac­ters in their books but older stu­dents wrote about them.

At the start of July par­tic­i­pat­ing schools re­ceived a box of age-ap­pro­pri­ate books for each class from Tararua Li­braries, enough for at least one per child. Chil­dren were then asked to read five in class and do the re­view to earn five stick­ers in their folder and ul­ti­mately a prize of a book, a cer­tifi­cate and a book mark. The high rate of achieve­ment re­flected the en­thu­si­asm of the teach­ers, the choice of books and the in­ter­est of the chil­dren, the li­brar­i­ans said.

The theme of this year’s pro­gramme was Climb into Read­ing and many chil­dren took on chal­leng­ing books to read, es­pe­cially the se­niors who tended to opt for non-fic­tion.

The award party started with a group chal­lenge to dress one of them as a char­ac­ter in a book us­ing card­board, tape and other re­sources. That set the scene for the awards which were re­ally pop­u­lar.

The pro­gramme is sponsored by the East­ern and Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Trust.

Chief Li­brar­ian Nikki Price said it is a won­der­ful pro­gramme re­quir­ing a lot of plan­ning but it is very worth it as chil­dren who are not li­brary mem­bers get ac­cess to books.

Groups dressed up one per­son as a char­ac­ter in a book. Look for the Queen of Hearts, Willy Wonka and Pinoc­chio.

Paora re­ceives his book from li­brar­ian Alice Lead­bet­ter as Li­brar­ian Pamela Allen looks for the next.

(Left): Huia Range Year 4-6 stu­dents show their books re­ceived for com­plet­ing their Win­ter Warm­ers Read­ing Chal­lenge.

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