Teen Reading Success

Published: 15-Feb-2017

teen src partyThe 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 online.

teen reading party 2“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.