Be a holiday hero with the Summer Reading Club

Unleash your imagination these school holidays with the annual Summer Reading Club, kicking off today online and in 1,082 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across the country.

Created for children and young people aged 6 to 17, the Summer Reading Club is a free national program led by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) designed to instil a love of libraries and reading.

This year’s theme, Heroes and Villains, allows participants to explore the conventions associated with super and everyday heroes — and their villainous counterparts — through a range of exciting interactive reading activities and games.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to keep young minds switched on over the summer holiday period.

“The Summer Reading Club supports continued literacy development in reading, writing, creative arts and digital technology skills through fun learning activities,” Ms Enoch said.

“Reading stories broadens our understanding and stimulates creative thinking by inviting us into new worlds and sharing different perspectives.”

“Stories have the power to help children develop ideas and imagine what might be possible – exactly what we want for our entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” she said.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the Summer Reading Club was an engaging way for libraries to combat the learning loss often experienced by children over the long summer holiday period.

“The Summer Reading Club helps ignite the learning habit, encouraging children to read for pleasure and create, even while they’re not at school,” Ms McDonald said.

The Heroes and Villains theme will see participants exploring a range of genres including myths and legends, speculative fiction, fantasy fiction, and wuxia, a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China.

“This year club members will explore the concepts of right and wrong, power and responsibility, and self-control and self-mastery by engaging with a variety of traditional and non-traditional heroes and heroines through fun activities online and in local libraries,” Ms McDonald said.

Participants can blog with Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs and popular children’s author Deborah Abela, search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a ‘what happens next’ story ending to Mick Elliot’s story starter, share book raves and artwork, win great prizes, and lots more.

“Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview their newly release titles,” Ms McDonald said.

“SLQ is delighted to champion this fantastic program again in 2016.”

More than 48,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2015, reading around 333,000 books last summer.

To join the Club, register online at summerreadingclub.org.au or visit your local public library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and the Australian Public Library Alliance.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
Join at your local public library or participate online at summerreadingclub.org.au

Media enquiries:
Melanie Pennisi, SLQ Communications | communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 3842 9847

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