Summer reading programme starts soon

The Make a Splash -READ summer
programme is kicking off on 19 July and all kids are invited to come out and
enter a whole new world of adventure at the library.

Until 30 July, the programme will
run from 10am to 12pm Monday through Friday at local library branches.

“Summer reading programmes are of
great benefit as they help to promote life-long readers and learners,” said
Library Services Acting Deputy Director Juliet Lawson.

During the programme, children will
learn about various ocean-related stories and issues, underwater creatures,
cruise ship travel destinations, tasty summer recipes, delightful songs and
watch entertaining DVDs to help them become critical thinkers and readers.

“Research has shown that children
who read during the summer months are more successful in combating summer
reading loss,” continued Ms Lawson. “Reading skills are essential to our
children’s academic pursuits in life. Support them by encouraging them to
become avid readers.”

During the two-week programme, a
reading challenge will encourage children to read as many books as possible.
Participants will take home prizes including mobile phones, free swimming
lessons, sea aquariums and gift certificates simply for taking part in the
challenge.

Additionally, all attending
children will receive a free T-shirt at the beginning of the programme and
snacks throughout. On the programme’s final day a reading celebration ceremony
will be held at each branch library and each child will receive a participatory
certificate. Those who have read the most books will also be given achievement
certificates and prizes.

Encouraging all to attend Ms Lawson
said: “Let’s celebrate the joy of reading! The public libraries have books for
all our youth at varying reading levels. We have something for everyone!”

For more information contact , Juliet Lawson at the George Town
Library at 949-5159 or Deborah Powery-Zureigat at the Teacher Redley Powery
Library and Learning Centre at 949-7659.

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