Make books part of your holiday fun with the Summer Reading Club

State Library of Queensland is inviting children to get tangled up in fairytales, myths and legends as part of their popular Summer Reading Club.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered free creative activities designed to inspire and entertain children aged from preschool to 16 years these holidays.

“You can visit your local public library or jump online for exciting competitions and games, view recommended reading lists, chat with other book lovers, read book raves and complete stories from leading authors,” said Ms Wright.

“Wherever you are, on the beach or out bush, parents can make sure reading is part of their children’s holiday fun,” she said.

The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library and run online and through public libraries across Australia.

“Last year, nearly 20,000 Australian children registered for the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 150,000 books over the summer period, ” said Ms Wright.

“With 2012 the National Year of Reading, even more libraries are taking part and we’re hoping to see that reading list grow even longer,” she said.

Some of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators have already joined the Summer Reading Club, which this year focuses on exploring and untangling fairytales, myths and legends from all over the world.

Participants can follow Tristan Bancks’ blog on untangling creativity, read Martin Chatterton’s fractured fairytale, finish off Kerry Brown’s What Happens Next story, and get to know Wendy Orr, Peter Carnavas and other authors and illustrators.

“With the program being run nationally, we hope to ignite a life-long passion for reading for kids from every corner of the country,” said Ms Wright.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered by State Library of Queensland with support from the Australian Library and Information Association, and their Public Libraries Advisory.

To sign up, jump online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au or visit your local public library.

Summer Reading Club
3 December 2012 – 31 January 2013
www.summerreadingclub.org.au or at your local public library

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Alexia Saeck, 07 3840 7784, alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au

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