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Rewarding Reading For Children

18 January 2000

For children throughout Auckland city, life truly is a picnic this summer with the success of Auckland City Libraries’ summer reading programme.

Each of the city’s 17 libraries will hold special celebratory picnics next week, complete with food, games and entertainment, for the 1300 children who have taken part in ‘Reading is a Picnic’. The programme aimed to reinforce the reading habits of children aged five to 12 by encouraging them to read during their summer holidays

Over the summer, the children ‘reported’ four times to library staff on what they had read and received a small gift as encouragement. The picnics give children a chance to celebrate with family and library staff and to be presented with a certificate to mark their reading achievements.

Libraries Manager Barbara Birkbeck says this is the fourth successful summer reading programme at Auckland City Libraries, based on the popular E’C Read’N, an initiative developed in the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay and used by many New Zealand libraries.

“Holidays have always been a great time for reading and our programme taps into that by rewarding children for exploring the world of books on their break from school,” she says. “Once again it’s also proved a good option for parents who are after holiday activities that are free, fun and educational.”

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Photo Opportunity: You are welcome to send a photographer to any of the children’s summer reading programme picnics - details are attached. Entertainers at the picnics are either Bill and Kath Worsfold, “Aunty” Zeb or Fairy Tanya.
For further information, please contact Barbara Birkbeck, Auckland City Libraries Manager, tel: 379 2020.


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Summer Reading Programme Picnics

Mt Albert Community Library
Tuesday, January 23
2pm to 3.30pm
Councillor Maire Leadbeater will present certificates.

Avondale Community Library
Monday, January 22
2pm to 3.30pm
Councillor Noelene Raffills will present certificates.

Pt Chevalier Community Library
Thursday, January 25
11am to 12.30pm
Colleen Mills, former Auckland City Mayoress and local resident, will present certificates

Grey Lynn Community Library
Wednesday, January 24
2pm to 3pm
Grey Lynn Community Library Hall
Councillor Penny Sefuiva will present certificates.

Central City Library
Saturday, January 27
11am to 12pm
Children’s Department, First Floor
Central City Library, Lorne Street
Andi, the staff fairy, will present certificates.

Parnell Community Library
Monday, January 22
2.30pm to 3.30pm
(Local fireman will present certificates)

Leys Institute Community Library
Monday, January 22
2pm to 3pm
Leys Institute Library (maybe in park across the road)
Guest to be confirmed.

Waiheke Community Library
Friday, January 26
10.30-12.00
Surfdale Hall
Guest to be confirmed.


Remuera Community Library
Thursday, January 25
2.00-3.30
Remuera Community Library
Judith Dickens, Community Board member, will present Certificates


St Heliers Community Library
Wednesday, January 24
11.00-12.30
Vellenoweth Green
Toni Miller, Community Board chairperson, will present certificates.

Glen Innes Community Library
Thursday, January 25
11.00-12.30
Rowena Crescent
Guest to be confirmed.

Mt Wellington Community Library
Tuesday, January 23
11.00-12.30
Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve off Dunkirk Road
A fire engine & crew will visit the picnic

Otahuhu Community Library
Friday, January 26
11.00-12.00
Otahuhu Community Library
Guest to be confirmed.

Mt Roskill Community Library
Sunday, January 21
1.00-3.00
Three Kings Reserve
A fire engine will visit the picnic

Onehunga Community Library
Tuesday, January 23
1.00-2.30
Jellicoe Park
Councillor Catherine Harland will present certificates.

Blockhouse Bay Community Library
Friday, January 26
12.30-2.00
Village Green
Children have been invited to dress as their favourite storybook character.
Guest to be confirmed.

Epsom Community Library
Wednesday, January 24
10.30-12.00
Epsom Community Library
Councillor Maire Leadbeater will present certificates.

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