Keeping Kids Reading Over Summer

Thursday 29 November 2012, 2:50PM
By Marlborough District Council


The Library’s popular summer reading programme is coming back soon.

There will be two age groups this year - the classic 'Great Book Mystery' for 5 to 8-year-olds and U2READ for 9 to 12-year-olds.

There’s opportunity for 250 children in Blenheim and 120 children in Picton to sign on.

Registrations at the Blenheim Library begin at 9am on Monday 3 December and the programme usually fills up very quickly - within the day. In Picton, registration day is Friday 30 November but there’s usually a few places still available for a day or two.

Once registered, children will receive a folder to record all their summer reading.

Four times over the six-week summer period the registered children come into the library to 'report-in' on their reading. This is a one-on-one chat with a librarian about a particular book they have been reading – with rewards for every reader.

At the end of the programme, the younger children will be invited to our great reading party at which no reading is actually done but there will be an entertainer, scrummy food and every child will receive a medal, certificate and their very own book to keep. The older U2READ kids will have their own super-secret spy party (details of which are still under wraps!).