Page-turners and prizes aplenty in summer reading scheme

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The school year may be set to finish soon, but Mackenzie Community Library is encouraging children not to put the books away just yet.

The library’s annual summer reading initiative was set to return on December 18, manager Jackie Phillips said.

The programme, which runs from December 18 to January 26, encouraged Fairlie children to keep reading over the summer holidays by setting a target for how many books they would read and receiving prizes each time they completed a book.

Mrs Phillips said between 25 and 30 children had taken part in the scheme in previous years and with enrolments now open for the free reading scheme, she hoped numbers would be similar this summer.

Reading packs for those taking part included a reading log and vouchers from businesses in the area, including for free fluffies from local cafes and a free swim at the pool, she said.

Bookworms would also get a little prize for every book read.

In addition to the summer reading programme, Mrs Phillips expected the library to remain busy over the summer as adults came in for books to read on holiday.

The library would remain open except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the day after New Year’s Day.

Mrs Phillips said the library had been busy this year, with the community and Mackenzie College pupils all using it.

The refurbishment was continuing: new furniture, including desks, ottomans and a new couch, were to be in place in the new year.

The school’s “Risk It For A Biscuit” reading scheme, where year 7 and 8 pupils selected a wrapped surprise book to read and review – in return for a Cookie Time biscuit – had been popular and other year groups were asking to take it up next year.

“It’s been really popular.”