Young readers in Richmond Valley and Kyogle - get those books out

THE race is on for children to read 10 books before the end of January.

If you haven't heard about the Summer Reading Challenge visit the library in Casino, Coraki, Kyogle or Evans Head and register.

Casino Library Technician Taryn Kelly with Christian Macqueen promoting the Summer Reading Challeneg for children. They have to read 10 books by the end of January 2016.Photo Susanna Freymark / Richmond River Express Examiner
Casino Library Technician Taryn Kelly with Christian Macqueen promoting the Summer Reading Challeneg for children. They have to read 10 books by the end of January 2016.Photo Susanna Freymark / Richmond River Express Examiner Susanna Freymark

Nine year old Christian Macqueen was checking out the books at Casino Library and was quickly lost in a pile of stories.

Library technician Taryn Kelly said the challenge gives the kids something to do during the holidays.

"They come in and we give them an entry form, a reading list and an activity pack which has a colouring book and crosswords in it," Ms Kelly said.

The children tick off the book on the list when they have read it and return the list to the library before the end of January.

"They don't have to borrow the books from the library. There are three levels to the challenge; preschool, primary and secondary."

The lists are fun and include tasks such as reading a book by a comedian or a book about a road trip or a book with the word library in it. The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a popular choice.

"We can help them choose the books," Ms Kelly said.

The challenge is being run in libraries state-wide and all completed reading lists go into a draw to win an ipod.

There is also a year-long challenge for adults to read a book every week.

The list sets some entertaining parameters for book choices.

 

 

BOOK BONANZA: Christian Macqueen, 9, at Casino Library to promote the Summer Reading Challenge.
BOOK BONANZA: Christian Macqueen, 9, at Casino Library to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Susanna Freymark

ome examples include: A Man Booker prize, a book you studied in high school, a politicial memoir, a book at least 100 years older than you, a book published this year, a book about a road trip, a book set in New South Wales, a book your dad loves, a book with an animal on the cover and a book you swore you'd never read.

Last year Julie Boyd from Evans Head read all the required books in six months.

Ms Kelly is, unsurprisingly, 'a big reader' and is currently reading The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood.

TOP 3 BORROWED BOOKS

Weirdo series by Ahn Doh

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon

Collect a list from your local library or request one by emailing rucrl@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au .

FIND A LIBRARY NEAR YOU

Casino Library

Graham Place, Casino

Phone: (02) 6660 0250

Fax: (02) 6662 2001

Email: rucrl@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm

Saturday 9am - 12 noon

Evans Head Library

Woodburn Street

Evans Head NSW 2473

Ph/Fax: (02) 6660 0374

Email: evanshd@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday 9am - 12 noon

Coraki Library

Adams Street, Coraki NSW 2471

Ph/Fax: (02) 6683 2752

Email: coraki@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

Opening Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 2.00pm-5.00pm

Kyogle Library

Stratheden Street

Kyogle NSW 2474

Ph: (02) 6632 1134

Fax: (02) 6632 2242

Email: kyostaff@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

Opening Hours:

Monday 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Tuesday - Friday 10.00am - 5.30pm

Saturday 9.00am - 12noon

Mobile Library

The Richmond Upper Clarence mobile library service brings books to towns and villages throughout the Kyogle and Richmond Valley local government areas.



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