To encourage year-round reading, Public Libraries in the Southland region have developed a free Summer Reading Challenge for families to participate in. Invercargill City, Southland District, Gore District Libraries and St Peter’s College are all providing programmes with a variety of challenges and for a range of ages.
For school students, reading over the summer holidays help to prevent a slide in reading ability and develops skills including:
· Literacy skills
· Understanding of different people, places and events
· Exercise for their brains and improve imagination.
We encourage family/whanau members, to take up reading over the summer period and to role model reading at home.
St Peter’s College students will be able to take up to ten books home with them over the Summer Holidays. Before books
are issued though, we will ask that parents sign to acknowledge that books will be kept responsibly and that they will be returned within the first week of school resuming in 2016. A failure to return library books will incur a replacement fee. We will provide reading bags to ensure that books are kept safe and together when they are not being read. If yourchild is interested in taking up this challenge, pleasesee the school librarian Heidi Heslip at school.