Young readers get new encouragement



Summer is expected to be a page-turner.

Central Otago District Libraries has launched a summer reading programme, designed to keep children interested in books over the school holidays.

Participants who complete the programme will also go in the draw to win a tablet.

Alexandra Library staff member Vicki Darling said the programme was open to children across two categories: preschoolers and 5- to 13-year-olds.

The initiative was designed to encourage children to continue reading over the break.

She said research showed reading over the holidays helped children maintain their skill level and, in some cases, they improved their reading ability.

‘‘The idea of it is it’s made to be fun, so they want to be part of it — it’s not school holiday homework.’’

Not only would participants get a chance to enhance their reading while exploring some great stories, they would also go in the draw to win a tablet, given to the cause by Smiths City Alexandra.

There would be a range of other prizes along the way, including books and mini Lego figurines.

Ms Darling said Central Otago District Libraries hoped the programme would attract a large group of avid readers.

‘‘The staff have been putting a lot of effort into promoting it.

‘‘We are really delighted with the response so far.’’

People could find out more and collect a registration form by visiting their local library.