Kids keep read­ing

Te Puke Times - - News -

The BOB Squad Eco-war­rior Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme is here!

Western Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Li­braries are run­ning their sum­mer read­ing pro­gramme with an eco theme this year.

Cre­ated for school-aged chil­dren, BOB Squad Eco-war­rior is a se­ries of mis­sions, jokes, and other fun ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren to com­plete over this sum­mer, with a read­ing log for chil­dren to keep track of all the books they read.

“Te Puke Li­brary will be cre­at­ing in­spir­ing book dis­plays and book lists to show some of the great read­ing ma­te­rial we have in our li­brary,” says chil­dren’s li­brar­ian Deb­o­rah Hart.

“Re­search shows that read­ing lev­els in chil­dren can drop over the sum­mer break, and can neg­a­tively af­fect chil­dren’s tran­si­tion back to school the fol­low­ing year.

“This ‘sum­mer slide’ can even have long-last­ing ef­fects on chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional out­comes.

“Sum­mer read­ing pro­grammes are an ex­cel­lent way to com­bat this slide, and to en­cour­age chil­dren to keep read­ing and feel­ing mo­ti­vated to ex­plore and learn.”

Once signed up, chil­dren will re­ceive a BOB Squad book­let of mis­sions, and can go into Te Puke Li­brary through­out the sum­mer to show their com­pleted mis­sions, and to get them stamped.

Chil­dren who com­plete at least one mis­sion, will be in­vited to the BOB Squad Fi­nale Party at the end of Jan­uary where the Trav­el­ling Tu­ataras will be per­form­ing, and prizes given out.

Reg­is­tra­tions open to­mor­row.

Te Puke chil­dren’s li­brar­ian Deb­o­rah Hart (with binoc­u­lars) and Te Puke Li­brary cus­tomer ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tive Teri Heath­cote get­ting ready for the li­brary’s hol­i­day read­ing pro­gramme with help from Te Puke Pri­mary School pupils Baljot Singh, left, and Lin­coln Hop­kins.

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