The summer 2017-18 Summer Reading Club came to a close today with young readers gathering at Bunjil Place Library to celebrate their achievements and meet special guest, children’s author Felice Arena.
Almost 800 children across eight library branches took part in this year’s event, reading more than 12,000 books between them this summer.
Casey Cardinia Libraries CEO, Chris Buckingham said it was fantastic to see so many young people embracing the joy of reading.
“Summer Reading Club is such a wonderful initiative because it encourages young people to read over the summer break and to read for their own enjoyment, not just for school,” Mr Buckingham said.
Arena, who has written bestselling children’s titles including the Specky Magee series, the Sporty Kids’ books and Andy Roid series, said any initiative that raises the profile of reading is a great thing.
“If we can jumpstart a life-long love of reading then I’m there,” he said. “Events like Summer Reading Club foster a whole new generation of readers and we need even more events like this.”
Summer Reading Club is a free national program led by the State Library of Queensland for young people from pre-school age to 17.
This year’s theme, Game On, encouraged young readers to explore all things gaming – from sports to the virtual – through a range of interactive initiatives that were available in library branches and online.
Those who took part were also in the running to win great prizes including an ipad mini and a $50 gift vouchers from each branch.