Mayor launches summer holiday reading program

Published Thursday, 26th October 2017

Mayor Carbone surrounded by authors David Astle, Ursula Dubosarsky, Karen Foxlee and Lisa Nichol and keen primary school readers.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone launched the 2017 Summer Holiday Reading Program at Whitlam Library, Cabramatta, today (Thursday 26 October).

The annual Summer Holiday Program aims to encourage children from birth to 12 years to embark on a reading adventure over the summer school holiday. Then program starts across all Fairfield City Open Libraries on 27 November 2017.

“Regular reading over the summer helps children to maintain and improve reading skills,” Mayor Carbone said. “Voluntary reading is the key to making reading a routine.”

The program allows children to choose what they read and they have the opportunity to participate in fun library programs and activities as well as the chance to win individual prizes. There’s also a school prize.

Children can register using their library card at any Fairfield City Open Library. For those who are not already a member, joining is easy and free.

Upon registration, entrants will receive:

  • A library bag,
  • A special reading record to write down all the items they borrow to read over the holidays, and
  • A cool lanyard.

“If children read (or are read to) at least 15 books over the summer break, they can collect special gift incentives along the way and they will be eligible to enter our individual prize draw,” Mayor Carbone said.

The school with the most students completing the program will win a special visit by the Mayor to present their winning prize, which will be a performance of the Ramon’s Circus Spectacular.  

Mayor Carbone will launch the Summer Holiday Program at the end of an Author Talk and Workshop day at Whitlam Library for primary school students. The workshop, hosted by Sydney Writers’ festival, will feature authors David Astle, Ursula Dubosarsky, Karen Foxlee and Lisa Nichol talking about their craft. The program is part of the Children's Festival of Moving Stories.