The end of the school year is just around the corner and with it the opportunity for children to join the library in summer reading fun. 

For those who have taken part in the Dunedin Public Libraries’ Summer Reading Programme before, there are changes afoot! And for those who are new to the Summer Reading Programme, welcome to the new look Summer Reading Programme 2017/2018. This year we have joined other public libraries in New Zealand to take part in the ECREAD’N programme ‘Wild about Reading’ He ngākaunui ki te pānui.

How does the ‘Wild about Reading’ programme work? From December 4th, when children come to their local library to register, they will receive a colourful folder which includes ‘Wild about Reading’ fun activity sheets and, of course, space to record the books they read over the summer. Each time participants come into the library and talk about what they have been reading with library staff, they will receive a sticker for their folder.

And if you go on holiday children can check in at any ECREAD’N ‘Wild about Reading’ participating library

For our younger children, not reading on their own yet, there is our own ‘Read me a Story!’ with Mum, Dad, grandparents… challenge that they can join in with.

Why summer reading? First and foremost we want our young readers to have fun – at the same time improving their reading skills and growing their vocabulary. Just as there is the need to practice to improve skills and abilities, when playing a sport or a musical instrument, it is the same with reading. The more we read, the easier it becomes – making the whole process more satisfying and enjoyable. What sort of books should our young participants read? Anything they will get pleasure from reading. If they are stuck for ideas, the lists included their ‘Wild about Reading’ folder they receive when they register will give them lots of titles to choose from.