Young readers complete summer reading challenge

Media release - 31 January 2018

More than 100 children in the Macleay Valley read 2,380 books as part of the Summer Reading Club program run by Kempsey Shire Library.

The themed program is for children in pre-school through to high school and encourages a continued love of reading and ongoing multi-literacy skills development.

The Summer Reading Club was held across the Shire’s library branches at Kempsey, South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Hat Head between Monday, 18 December 2017 and finished with a Summer Reading Club Party at Kempsey Library on Thursday 25 January.

This year’s theme was ‘Game On’ and children were able to enter weekly prize draws as well as a major draw.

Team Leader of Library Services, Angie Meers, said this year, 139 children aged 3-17 participated in the program.

“It is fantastic to see so many kids and families get involved in this great program which helps stimulate a love of reading in young people,” Ms Meers said.

“We had some great feedback from parents of how the program benefited their child or children. One local mother told us that her son read 10 books a week during the program which helped him go up three reading levels at school.”

Ms Meers thanked all of the children who took part and congratulated the winners of the prize draws. The prizes were donated by the FOLK (Friends of the Library Kempsey) who purchased the toys using the proceeds from their monthly book sales.

Major prize winners were:

  • Lior Granek - Samsung Tablet
  • Jenaye Fuller - Samsung Tablet
  • Asha Locke - Lego
  • Mitchell Clarke, Marley Locke, Kristen Spalding and Rihanna Le Brocq - Games
The Summer Reading Club Party at Kempsey Library Mayor Liz Campbell and Librarian Ruth Waite at the Summer Reading Club Party at Kempsey Library