The Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a program designed to encourage children (ages 3-12) to read during the summer holidays. It has been operating for many years at YPRL; this year 2400 children took part in the competition. Our theme this year was MAMMOTH READS and it was an enormous summer of reading.
To enter the SRC, children needed to register at their local library and then read books of their choice, which were entered onto their Reading Records. After reading 10 books (or reading for ten 15 minute increments – whichever came first) they received a flying disk and swap cards.
We received 2411 completed reading records this year – which means that local children read for around 6000 hours – or 250 full days! One child at our Eltham library read for 100 hours – submitting 40 reading records.
After completing one reading record, children also had the opportunity to enter the major prize draw. This year, the major prize was a $700 Zoos Victoria Money voucher, which could be used for an overnight stay at the zoo or other Zoo experiences. Nine Branch winners also received a $200 Zoo voucher, while other keen readers won games and book vouchers.
The program was supported by a series of exciting events run in libraries throughout the summer: including launch parties, mammoth making crafts, treehouse construction, cave painting, coding, movies, a partnership program with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and more.
This year’s major prize winner was 8 year old Jonah Le Grys from Diamond Valley Library.