Pick up a book or ten these holidays for the Summer Reading Club

Released 30/11/2018

The summer holidays are a time to relax and prepare for the new school year, but it is also a great time for younger Canberrans to read a few books, so Libraries ACT is encouraging all Canberra school students to join the national Summer Reading Club.

Director, Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said Libraries ACT is once again supporting this great national reading program. There are a number of ways to take part.

“Reading is a great way to relax and the summer holidays are a great time to get lost in the great big world of reading. The Summer Reading Club lets you choose your own reading adventure with books selected by you, for you.” Ms Little said.

“The national Summer Reading Club will return to Libraries ACT as well online at summerreadingclub.org.au. It is a free program created for children from pre-school age to 17 years old to instil a love of libraries and reading.

“Summer Reading Club will run from 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019, and we encourage all students to take part. The theme for 2018 is Curious Creatures and Libraries ACT has planned a number of great activities to go with the program.

“The Summer Reading Club program of events includes, the Curious Creatures book character hunt, the Reptile Rumble, Bry The Fly Guy discussing Pok√©mon and insects, coding and robotics, Story Times, and much more.

“Last year over 43,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club nationally and read over 360,000 books over summer. This is over eight books per kid. Organisers are hoping participants will read half a million books this year, so join up and be part of this huge national program.”

Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview exclusives of their up and coming work.

Online participants will also have the opportunity to blog with children’s authors, Dr Cameron Stelzer and Emma Middleton, search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a What Happens Next story ending to Dave Lowe’s story starter, share their book raves and artwork, and lots more.

For more information about the Summer Reading Club and events and programs at Libraries ACT visit


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