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The wrap up of another successful year of summer reading!
The Waimakariri Libraries held two Finale parties to celebrate the success of our young readers, and mark the official conclusion to the Summer Reading Challenge programme. The party for children under 12 years old featured entertainment from the Mullet Man, a certificate ceremony with the Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers, prize draws, and a small morning tea.
“The Finale Party was a great way to end the Summer Reading Challenge. We all get a kick out of seeing the children receive their certificates and prizes from the mayor, and celebrating their success with them,” said Library Assistant, Hilary Mercer.
The Waimakariri Libraries have offered a popular and successful Summer Reading Programme over the Christmas holidays for the past eight years. Last year the programme was remodelled to offer primary school children a wider variety of challenges, and this year it has been extended to include even more challenges for preschool, primary school, and teenage participants.
“The feedback from both the children and parents has been overwhelmingly positive, and all the staff loved seeing the effort children have gone to in order to complete their challenge cards,” said Library Assistant, Hilary Mercer.
The total number registered for the challenge this year was: 442, which is a significant increase on the number of 380 participants last year. 200 children and parents attended the finale party, and enjoyed the hilarious Mullet Man, who juggled while riding a unicycle, encouraged parent participation in the form of wearing, and modelling a mullet wig, and kept the crowd entertained with his family friendly comedy routine.
The Prize giving for the teen participants was held at the Kaiapoi Library. There was another certificate ceremony with the Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers, prize draws, and pizza party with video games, and fun activities.
This new category was designed to encourage teens to make the most of their school holidays by using their creative skills with challenges like: inventing a video game character, creating a zombie survival kit, and transforming old books into something new. There were also options to write something to their future selves, rewrite stories they didn’t like, and of course plenty of opportunities to enjoy reading their favourite trilogy, graphic novels, and share their opinions online.
“I was thrilled to see teens in our community celebrate their achievements with each other, and enjoy these activities at the finale party. It makes all the hard work and effort by our staff feel worthwhile and meaningful when you see our youth engaged and having fun at the library,” said Learning Connections Assistant Librarian, Donna McMillan.
One of the highlights for library staff is seeing the young people bring in their creations to show us their progress. This year we encouraged participants to share their work on our social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.