Fairytale fun at reading party

A spectacular fairytale show will take centre stage at Hume Libraries’ wrap up party for the 2015-16 Summer Reading Club.

Children from all parts of Hume are invited to the special event, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm on Thursday 18 February 2016, at Craigieburn Library.

Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the party would celebrate the efforts of children who have read books throughout December and January.

“The Summer Reading Club has been another huge success,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We’ve had children from 0 to 17 years take part, in a bid to get through the most books in their age bracket.

“It’s been an exciting way for young people to improve their reading skills as they explore the characters and animals that feature in story books.

“Summer is a great time to curl up on a bean bag and let the mind wander to another place.

“The Summer Reading Club wrap up party will reward those young people who have spent many hours with different books across the school holidays.

“The children who have read the most books in their age group will receive a $20 gift voucher.

“And every child in each age group will go into a draw to win a Samsung tablet, which allows people to download and read e-books.”

As part of the festivities, Carp Productions will deliver an interactive show that all members of the family can enjoy.

Hume Libraries shall also present awards to children who have reached major milestones in the 1000 Books Before School program, which occurs throughout the year.

A total of seven pre-school children have read or had read to them 1000 books, via a program that aims to improve literacy in Hume’s youngest residents.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume Libraries was keen to help children develop good reading habits.

“Literacy skills are so important because they are needed every day of our lives,” she said.

“Whether it is to write an email or read a text message, people who are literate provide themselves with greater opportunity.

“Hume Libraries offers a terrific selection of fiction and non-fiction books for children of all ages, and our librarians are always happy to suggest books that are appropriate for particular people.”

Children and teenagers in the Summer Reading Club have used a reading record to keep track of the books they have read in December and January.

Hume Libraries has placed every participant in one of the following categories: ages 0-4, ages 5-11, and ages 12-17.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she looked forward to handing out prizes at the wrap up party.

“The get-together will offer a great chance for children to think about the wonderful journeys they have taken through books this summer,” she said.

“I call on young people across Hume to mark the free party down in their diaries.”

For further information, visit www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 1 February 2016


Updated : 11:48 AM, 4 February 2016

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