Afternoon tea with the Mayor

You may remember our post about our Summer Reading Club program over the holidays. Participants up to eighteen years old were encouraged to read (or be read to) a minimum of 10 books over the summer school holidays.  The program aims to make reading fun and entertaining for everyone, particularly averse readers. The Library rewarded everyone who participated in the program by throwing a Grand Finale event on Wednesday 23 January. Over the school holidays we received 127 reading logs and 12 book reviews, covering an outstanding 1,282 books!

On Monday 18 February the top seven participants who submitted the most book logs or the most creative book reviews attended an afternoon tea with Mayor Miriam Smith.

Mayor Miriam Smith and Summer Reading Club book log and review finalists

Each finalist and their family received a $20 Nile book voucher, a Summer Reading Club pack and additional prizes before helping themselves to drinks and nibbles. Mayor Miriam Smith, along with the Library’s Children’s Services Officer Holly Marling, congratulated each finalist for continuing their journey into the magical world of books and participating in our program. The Mayor extended her recognition to the participants’ families for supporting their children’s development and fostering a passion for books, reading, literature and their public library.

The Summer Reading Club encourages children to continue reading and writing during the school holidays and to explore the amazing world of books. For more information about the Summer Reading Club please visit their website  and look out for our next Summer Reading Club Program during the December/January school holidays.

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2012-2013 Summer Reading Club: Untangled Tales

This summer the  Library embarked on a journey into the magical world of books and got tangled up in fairytales, myths and legends by participating in the 2012-2013 Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme was ‘Untangled Tales.’

Participants ranging in ages from birth to eighteen years were encouraged to read (or be read to) a minimum of 10 books over the summer school holidays and submit a reading log or book review.  Each participant became a Summer Reading Club member and received a prize pack and an invitation to our ‘Untangled Tales Grand Finale’.

On the night of the Grand Finale participants and their families came dressed to the library as one of their favourite storybook characters. The Library was swarming with bumblebees, graced by elegant princes and princesses and terrified by the Incredible Hulk.

As the party started, everyone helped themselves to light refreshments, an assortment of delicious healthy nibbles and were given a raffle ticket before discovering their way through the Children’s Area to our various stations for games, activities, face painting and badge making.

Wobbles the Clown

At 6:30pm Wobbles the Clown made a guest appearance and captivated the crowed with his hilarious stage show. There were plenty of laughs as he fumbled his way through silly ticks and stunts. After the performance, the children paraded around the library in their costumes and the best dressed boy and girl where chosen to win a prize.  

The clock was ticking and little Cinderella couldn’t be home too late so we kicked off the raffle. Raffle tickets were flying as the eager children waited for their numbers to be called. The children did not need to worry though, because each child received a prize for participating in our Grand Finale.

Last but not least, congratulations to our participants on behalf of the City of Tea Tree Gully Library was in order as we calculated a grand total of 129 reading logs and 14 book reviews; that was an outstanding 1,304 books read over the school holidays.

The Summer Reading Club is a great opportunity for children to explore the amazing world of books and stories during the summer school holidays. For more information about the  Summer Reading Club please visit their website.