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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.
Two Finale parties were held last week to celebrate the success of our
young readers, and mark the official conclusion to the Summer Reading Challenge
programme. The Prize giving for the teen participants was held at the Kaiapoi
Library. There was a 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
“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.