November 24th 2011
Amazing read this summer
Townsville and Magnetic Island kids have been encouraged to spend the Christmas holiday period with a book in their hand with a read five and get a free book offer, announced at the launch of the annual Summer Reading Club at Ryan Catholic College today.
The students were entertained by Ian the Magician before registering as participants in the program at the school today.
By reading just five books, children will receive a great book to take home for their own personal library. For every five books after that, they will receive a great incentive prize. When they reach 25 books they become an AMAZING READER and receive a free t-shirt.
This year, participants will also be able to chat online to children’s authors Morris Gleitzman, Andy Griffiths, and Oliver Phommavanh, write their own wacky fairy tales like Pat Flynn, follow Visual Monkie’s blog on drawing Manga characters, and come up with their own ending to a story started by Paul Jennings and Sally Rippin.
Run by CityLibraries Townsville in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, ALIA and Public Libraries Australia and sponsored locally by Ferry Property Group, the initiative encourages a love of books and reading as well as literacy and computer skills.
In launching the program, Councillor Natalie Marr said The Summer Reading Club was a free school holiday program with activities designed especially for children from birth to 16 years old, their families and friends.
Themed as The Amazing Read, the program has expanded to a national scale, giving clubbers the opportunity to connect with children right across the country, sharing stories and making friends.
Children are encouraged to register online for the Club at www.townsville.qld.gov.au\libraries\facilities from Thursday 1 December.
The Summer Reading Club has the support of Ferry who has provided funding for the activity pack, prizes and incentives for local children and young people.
In the 2010/2011 Summer Reading Club: 768 children participated in the program and 4857 books were read.
Looks like a great way to kick off National Year of Reading 2012 and remind kids how much pleasure can be found between the covers of a book.
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