Jessica Courtney, seven, from the Scare Up a Good Book reading program.
Jessica Courtney, seven, from the Scare Up a Good Book reading program. Blainey Woodham

Readers scare up book rewards

TWEED bookworms have been busy this summer, participating in the Scare Up a Good Book reading program.

The program kicked off in December last year and since then participating kids have had their noses buried in books.

Kingscliff Library’s children and youth librarian Nicole Eldridge said the program aims to keep children reading during the summer holidays.

“Statistics show children who continue to read over the holidays perform better in school than children who don’t,” Ms Eldridge said.

“In the Tweed Shire we had more than 170 kids participate in the program. We have been running the program for more than four years but this year, it has been most popular.”

Dick Smith Electronics, Wheelers Real Estate and Coolangatta Ten Pin Bowling sponsored the program.

Ms Eldridge said the program participants celebrated their reading achievements with a party at the Kingscliff Library yesterday.

“All children who had read 10 books during the program went into the draw to win an iPod,” Ms Eldridge said.

“This way, a child who was able to read 10 books has just as much chance of winning as a child who was able to read 30 books.

“The reading program is run every year and we always have a party at the end.”

The young readers were rewarded with certificates at the party.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Approximately 165,000 books are read during the Summer Reading Club program
  • Summer Reading Club Programs encourage literacy in more than 41,000 children Australia wide
  • More than 700 library branches take part


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