Summer Reading Club kids get luck of draw

A drawing tutorial hosted by local cartoonist Stephen Mcleod saw local children creating the comics of tomorrow in Kempsey Library recently as part of the Summer Reading Club campaign.

The Summer Reading Club, a program that encourages participants to read, create and try out new things during the school holidays, began at the start of the holidays and will be continuing through to 31 January.

Over the course of this summer, the team at the Kempsey Shire Library have been hosting activities focused on further engaging children and young adults ages 3-18, who are current library members.

Kempsey Shire librarian, Yvette McAlister, says this summer’s event has been a huge success.

“It’s been fantastic that this year, in addition to high quality prizes and the most exciting wrap-up event we’ve ever planned, we’ve also been able to offer participants special access to fun activities during the holiday break,” said Ms McAlister.

“Our event where children learned drawing tips from Stephen Mcleod, was an absolute hit.

Children and their parents and carers can sign up for the Summer Reading Club until 31 January 2021 and get started on their reading journey, including a reading record which inspires kids to pick up a book.

“The kids love it, and of course there’s the added benefit that participation in our summer reading club reduces rates of the summer ‘learning loss’ that can occur during the school holidays,” said Ms McAlister.

“So, not only is it fun but participation in the program also has a lasting impact”.

The Summer Reading Club will culminate with a special wrap-up event at the Majestic Cinema in Kempsey, where there will be a free film screening of The Croods 2: The New Age for every child and young adult who submits a completed reading record.

The Summer Reading Club is supported by FOLK (Friends of the Library Kempsey) who promote literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire.

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