Registration for the 2017/2018 Summer Reading Programme takes place at Masterton Library from Monday 27 November.

The programme itself runs from the 4 December to 17 January, and is one of the highlights of our year with literally hundreds of children participating. This year the programme has a jungle theme and we’re encouraging the kids to be ‘Wild About Reading’.

Children enrolled in the programme read library books (or have library book read to them) and then come to the library to ‘report in’ – talk with a member of staff about the books they have been reading.

Reporting in is a great opportunity for kids to talk about books they’ve enjoyed and get suggestions on new books, subjects or authors they may like. Children receive incentive prizes and can report in twice a week. Children who manage to report in four times during the six weeks of the programme qualify for a certificate, book prize and to attend the finale event.

The Summer Reading Programme is for pre-school and primary school children. A te reo programme is available for children who wish to complete the programme in Māori, and the iRead programme is also available for intermediate school-aged children. All of this is available for free thanks to the funding of the Eastern and Central Community Trust.

Unfortunately places are limited but we do our best to get as many people participating in the programme as we can. As an extra feature of the Summer Reading Programme, the library is also hosting performances by fantastic storytellers and entertainers and everyone is welcome to attend these events.

Keep a look out for these and more information on the library’s Facebook page.