Local libraries are once again running a free summer holiday reading programme for children aged from five to 13. Kia Maia te Whai Dare to Explore is designed to boost holiday reading, as well as the use of te reo Maori and care for the environment.
Children are encouraged to complete a range of challenges and activities in a special bilingual booklet, which is available from libraries.
There will also be special holiday events and activities at Mahurangi East, Warkworth and Wellsford libraries over the summer break.
Readers of any age can take part in Auckland Libraries’ Great Summer Read challenges. This comprises a list of 15 reading or book-related tasks, ranging from reading different genres of book to watching a movie or TV show based on a book.
Every completed challenge earns the reader an entry into a weekly draw to win prizes including tickets to Auckland shows and attractions, books, vouchers and eReaders.
Other summer services and activities designed to appeal to holidaymakers include a large collection of eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks that can be downloaded onto personal devices. In addition, loan periods on books and other items have been extended by two weeks for the summer holiday period.