A record 578 children across Campbelltown participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club over the summer school holidays.
The record breaking participation numbers highlighted the program’s continued success in fostering good reading habits among children.
A total of 12,270 titles were read during the seven week program.
To celebrate the end of this year’s free program, Campbelltown City Council’s Library Services hosted a Summer Reading Club party at each of its branches on January 22. The parties involved games, an awards presentation and a special afternoon tea.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Lake, said local families had embraced the Summer Reading Club as a great way to help maintain children’s literacy levels during the summer school break.
“Curling up with a good book is a fantastic pastime, and a great way for kids to go on an adventure without having to leave their bedroom or lounge room,” Cr Lake said.
“It’s wonderful to see this program being so well-received yet again, and becoming a champion for literacy as more children engage with their local library and pick up a book instead of switching on an electronic device.
“Congratulations to all of our star readers, and thanks to everyone who supported this fantastic program and all of our school holiday activities,” Cr Lake added.
The adventure theme also formed part of the library’s other school holiday activities, including PJ Storytime’s ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, a ‘Choose your own adventure’ activity and the screening of the Lego movie.
A free school holiday activity designed especially for children up to 16 years, the Summer Reading Club is led by the State Library of Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Public Libraries Australia.