Summer Reading Club: book in now!

Awesome prizes are on offer for Hume’s young people who take up a special reading challenge across December and January.

Hume Libraries will again run the Summer Reading Club, which encourages people from 0 to 17 years to read as many books as they can before 31 January 2016.

Participants who complete a reading record will be in the running for rewards like Samsung tablets, LEGO, board games, and book vouchers.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the theme of this year’s challenge was Lost Worlds.

“We want Hume’s young people to discover great authors and illustrators this summer,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Books are a wonderful way to learn about the amazing characters and animals of our planet, as well as the universe.

“Stories can inspire and teach new skills, and they also help us to escape to somewhere completely different.

“I encourage every young person to join the Summer Reading Club, because there is nothing quite like sitting on a bean bag with a great book on a hot afternoon.”

Young people can download a reading record, to keep track of the books they complete, at

Reading records can also be picked up in hard copy from any branch of Hume Libraries.

Every participant will be placed into one of the following categories: ages 0-4, ages 5-11, and ages 12-17.

Children and youth who win prizes through the challenge will be notified by Friday 26 February 2016.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the Summer Reading Club had become very popular.

“The challenge is an initiative of the Australian Library and Information Association, and Hume Libraries has run the club for local residents for more than 10 years,” she said.

“Last Summer, Hume Libraries received 553 entries, thanks to children and youth who read 15,700 books across 62 days.

“That’s an average of 254 books read by young people in Hume every day, and it demonstrates the popularity of reading in our community.”

Hume Libraries will present a wide variety of events for young people across the holidays, including Storytime, Babytime, and a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council wanted to encourage children to read regularly.

“Literacy skills are a foundation for life and will always remain some of the most valuable attributes a person can attain,” she said.

“I encourage young people to visit a Hume library and select some books on topics that interest them, whether that be sport, animals, music, or even aeroplanes.

“The Summer Reading Club demonstrates how books can be very rewarding, as well as terrific fun.”

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 4 December 2015

Updated : 5:59 PM, 4 December 2015

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