Get lost in a good book this summer


This summer young readers across Australia will explore the wonders and worlds of science fiction, with State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) popular Summer Reading Club.

The Summer Reading Club is a free and fun literacy program developed by SLQ and run online and in more than 1,000 public libraries across the nation.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Summer Reading Club was a creative and fun program which encouraged a love of reading among young Australians.

“This program encourages children to continue learning new skills over the summer months including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology through fun activities,” Ms Enoch said.
“It recognises that instilling a love of reading in our young children is critical for their literacy development.”

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the Summer Reading Club offered an array of free creative activities designed to inspire an ongoing love of reading and literature, and encourage library visitation.

“This year’s theme, Lost Worlds, provides an engaging platform to explore popular literary genres,” Mrs Cooper said.
“State Library hopes this theme encourages children to discover underwater worlds, alternate universes and periods from times past, and ignites reading for pleasure during the summer holidays.
To join the club, visit your local public library or register online at summerreadingclub.org.au.
This year club members can sample newly released titles from 21 of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators, search for answers in the Encyclopaedia Britannica online scavenger hunt, craft adventurous endings to Paul Collins’ and Allison Tate’s What Happens Next story starters, share their own book raves and artwork, and write their own Lost Worlds themed short stories,” she said.

Last year nearly 42,000 Australian children joined the club, reading more than 267,000 books over the summer period.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Join at your local public library or sign up online summerreadingclub.org.au

Media Contact:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications | mailto:stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

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