Kids flock to libraries this summer
  • Friday 01 January 2010

Children aged under 16 are beating the boredom of the long summer holidays by getting involved in Sunshine Coast libraries’ free Summer Reading Club.

The club uses a website (http://www.summerreadingclub.slq.qld.gov.au/) to provide fun and engaging online content, and a library-based program to provide activities, puzzles and crafts – both giving young people plenty to do over summer.

Free bookmarks, tattoos and stickers will highlight this year’s theme Around the World: North, South, East, West and participants in the club could be in the draw to win one of three iPods, as well as book prizes. Children can register at any local library including the mobile library.

Libraries on the Sunshine Coast will explore a wide range of activities inspired by Journeys – whether that’s sailing off to Where the Wild Things Are or travelling through cyber space to chat online with famous Australian authors. Sustainability will be the key, with children growing vegies and making healthy snacks. Crafty teenagers can also learn skills in making jewellery from recycled objects.

Other features of the Summer Reading Club website will include:

  • The migrant’s journey (a virtual book created by celebrated author/artist Shaun Tan)
  • An online chat with popular author Christine Harris
  • The ability to choose your own adventure story writing with David Harris
  • Whacky fairy tales with humorous author Martin Chatterton
  • Five-part blog series about how to create a comic book, with graphic novelist Jonathan Powell.

More information on all library holiday activities is posted on the library website http://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au