Things to do  |  8 Dec 2020

Hundreds of young readers are booking in some time for the Summertime Reading Challenge over the holiday break, with more than 600 entries already pouring into Christchurch City Libraries.

Christchurch City Libraries is hosting the challenge – with heaps of prizes on offer – and a special pop-up library for younger readers at Riverside Market this summer, along with plenty of outdoor story sessions at local pools and libraries.

The Summertime Reading Challenge is open to readers aged up to 18, with an invitation to share their summer reads in three words.

Anyone looking for book ideas can check out the library recommendations.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says it is important to find the fun in learning and literacy.

“The Summertime Reading Challenge, which runs until the end of February next year, aims to engage young readers,” Ms Robertson says.

“It is a bit like a mini blog where we can share a few words to sum up our reaction to a book.

“A book that entertains and informs also motivates young readers – from tots to teens – to discover more books, boosting confidence in reading and encouraging a lifelong love of books.

“This summer’s event may be our biggest success yet, with the challenge on track to attract a record number of young readers,” she says.

“For anyone unsure of where to start with your first book, have a look at the array of recommendations from our librarians.

“For our very young tamariki, a visit to the pop-up library at Riverside also makes learning fun, with books, colouring-in and dress-ups in a wonderful space on the mezzanine floor.

“It is another way to bring a love of reading and learning into the central city.”

Summertime Stories sessions will also feature at Riverside, including a special bilingual session in January, and Council-run pool parties while Stories in the Sun will include talks with park rangers, and pool and animal safety staff outside libraries across the city.