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Council’s libraries join nationwide program to boost reading

Wednesday 03 January

The national Summer Reading Club is up and running at all East Gippsland Shire Libraries and in more than a thousand public libraries across the country.


Created for children and young people pre-school age to 17, the Summer Reading Club is a free program led by State Library of Queensland that unleashes imaginations and instils a love of libraries and reading.


The 2017 theme, ‘Game On’ allows eager young readers to explore all things gaming — from sports to the virtual — through a range of interactive activities available in libraries and online.


Over 55,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2016, reading over 450,000 books between them over summer, and organisers are hoping participants will crack half a million books in 2017.


Participants can blog their book raves and artwork, win great prizes, and lots more.


Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview exclusives of their up and coming work.


Summer Reading Club is underway and runs until 31 January 2018 at all East Gippsland Shire Libraries.


Registration is free. When participants register at East Gippsland Shire Libraries they will receive a reading log/registration form.


Participants will record the books they read on the log and along the way they will receive small incentives including bookmarks, stickers, pencils and bouncy balls to encourage them to read over the summer.


National prizes are also up for grabs for those who participate in the online activities through the Summer Reading Club website.


For more information on this year’s Summer Reading Club, visit our Library Events page.


The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.


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