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Reading on the wild side

Thursday, 14th January, 2010

* Verity Buyrn (7) has joined the Summer Reading Program. * Verity Buyrn (7) has joined the Summer Reading Program.

This summer children are getting in touch with their wild side.

The City Library and the Australian Library and Information Association have again started the Summer Reading Program.

This is for children from five to 15 years old who are looking for something to do over the holidays. It runs until January 27 and is free of charge. The theme this year is "Read on the Wild Side".

The Summer Reading Program has been running for a few years and Denise Orr, the local children's librarian, said it had become more popular each year.

"It's great for promoting and encouraging reading among children," she said. "It helps improve literacy skills and is fun for keeping children amused over the holidays.

"This program is great for the library as it helps attract kids." Already 60 children have joined and enrolments will stay open until January 22.

Each child who joins receives a gift containing activities like colouring in, find-a-words, puzzles and craft.

Children who join up must read at least 10 books, after which a presentation will be held to celebrate their achievement.

For more information contact the Summer Reading Website at www. summerreadingclub.org.au

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