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Wairoa Public Library busy preparing for Summer Reading Programme

Amelia McDermott

Staff at the Wairoa Public Library are busy gearing up to once again deliver their popular Summer Reading Programme which will start on December 12.

“As we head into the summer months and school holidays, our children tend not to engage in reading. Research has found that a slide in summer reading can account for a month of reading loss in children,” says Manager of the Wairoa Public Library, Sandra Hughes.

“We’ve been running a summer reading programme for over two decades now and we really enjoy working with the children and developing good activities for them.”

“We’re pretty excited about the theme of this year’s Christmas Parade too as it reinforces the importance of reading. We’ve been busy with our colleagues at the Council getting our parade float ready, and really celebrating the theme of the Storybook Parade.”

“We’ve always had really good feedback about our summer reading programme, especially from parents and how much it actually benefits their children. Hearing about the benefits is great, but when the children also comment about how fun it is, makes it all worth it.”

"This will be our 20th year that we have run a summer reading programme and we feel it really makes a difference to the children of Wairoa."

“As well as reading and reporting in, there will be fun activities that only those who are registered on the programme will be able to participate in. We will have craft sessions, storytellers and some movies.”

“And we encourage reading all types of books. The main thing is that we get our children reading and make it really fun for them.”

“Our gratitude to the Eastern & Central Community Trust cannot be overstated. Their continued support allows us to offer a summer reading programme that we believe will benefit the children of Wairoa", says Ms Hughes.


For more information:

Sandra Hughes
Manager – Wairoa Public Library

25 November 2016

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