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Waimakariri Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge is back!  Complete fun and inspiring challenges designed to promote reading and learning over the summer.  The Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday 11 December 2017, and finishes on Sunday 21 January 2018.

This year we have three age categories:

0 – 4 years

Complete all 20 of the challenges, attend the finale party on Friday 26 January 2018, and be in to win some super awesome prizes!

5 – 12 years

Your challenge card contains 30 challenges – pick 20 (or more if you want!) to be eligible to win some very cool prizes, and attend a finale party on Saturday 27 January 2018 featuring “The Paper Girl”, and be dazzled by clowning, juggling, magic, and a bicycle smaller than a shoe!

12 – 18 years

This category has undergone some big changes this year.  Complete 20 (or more) of the 30 challenges, attend the finale Pizza Party, and be in to win some sweet prizes!


Check out the links below to have a look at some of the challenges and some great resources to help you get through them.


How to Register

How to Register:
    • Registrations open on Monday December 11, 2017 and close on 21st of January 2018 which is the final day to complete challenges and RSVP for party.
    • You can register at Rangiora, Kaiapoi or Oxford library during opening hours.
    • You will need to complete the registration form and collect a booklet.
    • Parent/caregiver details are needed for the Preschool and Primary age groups and are optional for the Teen group.

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Phone Number - (03) 311 8901


Frequently asked Questions
At what age can you do the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading challenge is for any child or student between the age of 0 -18. There are three categories:

  • Pre-School 0 – 4 years
  • Primary School 5 – 12 years
  • Teen 12 – 18 years
Why are 12 year olds eligible for both the Primary School challenges and the Teen challenges?

Some 12 year olds may be ready for the extended challenges that are available in the Teen programme where as others are more comfortable with the Primary School option.

How much does it cost to do the Summer Reading Challenge?

There is no charge to be involved in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Does my child have to be a member of the Waimakariri Libraries to do the Summer Reading Challenge?

Ideally they should be but if you are a parent of a preschooler or if you have young children visiting, you can still register children for the programme. This is a great opportunity to join your child as a library member and all the benefits it provides.

Do I need internet access to do the challenges?

Yes some of the challenges do require access to our web page (remember, the library does have free internet access).

How long does the Summer Reading Challenge run for?

Registrations open on Monday December 11, 2017 and close on 21nd of January 2018 which is the final day to complete challenges and RSVP for party.

What is the Finale party or Prizegiving?

The finale part is a prizegiving, and official conclusion to the programme!

This year each age category has a separate finale party.

0 – 4 years: Friday 26 January, 10 – 11am, Kaiapoi Library, starring puppeteer Professor Punchinello (aka Jason Clements!). Snack provided.

5 – 12 years: Saturday 27 January, 10am – 12pm, Baptist Church Hall, East Belt, Rangiora, starring the amazing ‘PaperGirl’ and her dazzling array of tricks. Snack also provided.

12 – 18 years: Thursday 25 January, 5.30 – 7pm, Kaiapoi Library. Pizza and prizes!

You must RSVP for the finale party – details in the challenge booklet. All family members are invited to attend the finale party.

Does my child/Teen have to attend the Finale party or Prize giving?

In order to win a prize from the prize draw we do need the participants to be present at the ceremonies. However, you can contact Donna at the Rangiora library if for any reason you cannot get there. Phone 03 311 8901 or email