25 September 2023

Cool reading for hot days ahead

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Libraries ACT is encouraging all Canberra school students to join the national Summer Reading Club over the school holidays.

Director of Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said there were a number of ways to take part in “this great national reading program”.

“Reading is a great way to relax and the summer holidays are a great time to get lost in the big world of reading,” Ms Little said.

“The Summer Reading Club lets you choose your own reading adventure with books selected by you, for you.”

She said the national Summer Reading Club would return to Libraries ACT as well as online at summerreadingclub.org.au.

“It is a free program created for children from pre-school age to 17 years old with the aim of instilling a love of libraries and reading.”

Ms Little said the club was now running and would continue until 31 January 2019.

“The theme for 2018 is Curious Creatures and Libraries ACT has planned a number of great activities to go with the program,” she said.

“The program of events includes, the Curious Creatures book character hunt, the Reptile Rumble, Bry The Fly Guy discussing Pokémon and insects, coding and robotics, story times, and much more.”

She said that last year more than 43,000 children registered with the club nationally, reading more than 360,000 books over summer — an average of eight books per child.

“Organisers are hoping participants will read half a million books this year,” Ms Little said.

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