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Challenge yourself this summer!
This year the Waimakariri Libraries' Summer Reading Challenge is online. This means your activities, reading and badges are all logged and earned via the website or the 'Beanstack' app. A key focus this summer is Sustainability. By having the SRC be entirely online, we are able to:
We're able to spread awareness, reduce our impact, and also ensure people are able to put their name down for prizes they actually like!
This also ensures that the Summer Reading Challenge is able to be completed, no matter the situation over summer. Most activities can be done at home, or as a family within the community! And if you're going to be travelling outside the Waimakariri District during summer, you are still able to update your challenge no matter where you are, meaning that everyone can be included.
Participants complete various activities to earn badges which puts them in the draw to win some incredible prizes. By completing badges, participants are also able to earn tickets which they can put towards a pool of prizes to be won!
There are three categories:
We haven’t forgotten the adults! When you register your child, don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults too. Participating in this challenge is great modelling for your child and will encourage them to complete the challenge.
The challenges are designed for you and your child to complete together.
Unless otherwise specified, you can read physical books, eBooks or audiobooks.
Registration any time online either on the website or download the Beanstack app to be able to log no matter where you are!
If you need assistance registering or downloading, staff are happy to help.
Parents can create an account and register each child under their account. This makes it easier to manage all readers in one place.
Readers will be able to select the reading challenge they're eligible for based on their age.
Once a reader is ready to take responsibility for their own reading, it is possible to transfer them to their own account from their guardian's.
Who can do the Summer Reading Challenge?
Any child or student aged between 0 – 18 years. There is also a category just for adults.
I am 12 years old. Am I in the primary or youth category? What is the difference?
12 year olds can choose which category they would like to be in.
The youth category has a wide focus, with categories 'Read', 'Review', 'Activity', and simply logging books. Earn any kind of badges you want in order to complete the reading challenge and enter the Grand Prize Draw, as long as three badges are completed! There is a Pizza Party at the end of the challenge for those that finish, where the Grand Prize will be announced, and all prizes handed out. If you are unable to attend, you'll need to be able to come and pick up your prize from the library. The youth party is on a Friday evening, and is a pizza and movie party.
The primary category is based on logging reading hours and earning badges. By logging reading, you earn entries into the Super Reader draw. By completing badges, you go in the Grand Prize draw and are able to receive a Micro-Greens Growing Kit. In addition to these two draws, primary-aged readers are able to put tickets earned towards items in the prize pool.
What are the prizes for the pre-schoolers?
The Grand Prize: ‘A World Full of Poems: Inspiring Poetry for Children’ book and a $30 Whitcoulls Gift Card.
The pool prizes include: cuddly dinosaur toy, movie tickets, 3 x audiobook packs, Te Reo Māori crayons, dinosaur tail.
Winners must arrange a time to collect the prize from a Waimakariri Library branch.
What are the prizes for the primary-aged readers?
The Grand Prize: the board game Carcassonne and a $30 Whitcoulls gift card.
Super Reader Prize: the creative stationery set and a $30 Whitcoulls gift card.
The pool prizes include: movie tickets, 3 x audiobook packs, Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar, chocolate, reusable On-The-Go utensil set.
What are the prizes for the teens?
The Grand Prize: movie tickets, Flower Seed Bombs, Zero Waste snacks, Bamboo On-The-Go kit.
The pool prizes include: Book Pack, Movie Pack, Cookies In A Jar, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, 3 x Audiobooks.
Is there any cost to participate?
No. It is free to register for the Summer Reading Challenge, and there are no charges to pay at all.
Why have you put the Summer Reading Challenge online this year?
By having the SRC be entirely online, we are able to:
Can I get a paper copy of the Summer Reading Challenge?
No. We have made the decision to run the Summer Reading Challenge 100% online this year. The way it is designed means there is no easy way to create a paper copy.
We don’t have the internet at home, how can we participate?
We have public computers and WIFI available free in all of our libraries. You are able to use these to register and log progress.
Is there a finale party this year?
No – Unfortunately, it is too difficult to plan and organise a party that may not be able to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our Summer Reading Challenge is run on a very limited budget, and the costs involved in organising a party which may not be able to go ahead was a risk we were unable to take.
If there is no party, how will I know if my child has won a prize?
We will be doing a prize draw live on Facebook at 12pm Thursday 21st of January.
Below are some collated resources you can use to help you complete tasks, for each of the different Reading Challenge levels.
eBooks & eAudiobooks
See our eBook selection for young people:
Children’s eBooks on BorrowBox.
Listen to children’s eAudiobooks on Borrowbox.
Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers on Storybox Library.
RBDigital provides access to popular magazines and now also has a great range of eComics which are yours to download and keep.
Library Catalogue - the place to go when you want to track down a book or place a hold.
New Zealand Geographic has awesome articles, documentaries and information about the people, places and wildlife of New Zealand and surrounding areas, like Antarctica.
Kids eLibrary is a great place to start looking for ideas to complete challenges, particularly for the Primary age group.
Kids Reading has some excellent recommendations for a variety of genres and reading levels.