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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
FIND A LIBRARY NEAR YOU
Graham Place, Casino
Phone: (02) 6660 0250
Fax: (02) 6662 2001
Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 12 noon
Evans Head Library
Evans Head NSW 2473
Ph/Fax: (02) 6660 0374
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12 noon
Adams Street, Coraki NSW 2471
Ph/Fax: (02) 6683 2752
Tuesday & Thursday 2.00pm-5.00pm
Kyogle NSW 2474
Ph: (02) 6632 1134
Fax: (02) 6632 2242
Monday 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Tuesday - Friday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am - 12noon
The Richmond Upper Clarence mobile library service brings books to towns and villages throughout the Kyogle and Richmond Valley local government areas.