Read during summer to win prizes

Published Friday, 2nd November 2018

Read during summer to win prizes

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone is challenging children up to 12 years of age to embark on a reading adventure over the summer school holidays.

The annual Mayor’s Summer Holiday Program encourages children from birth to 12 years to read (or be read to) over the summer holidays. The program starts at all Fairfield City Libraries on 26 November 2018 and finishes on 15 February 2019.

If children read (or are read) at least 20 books over the summer break, they can collect special incentives along the way and they will be eligible to enter the individual prize draw.

The Mayor’s program helps prevent “reading loss” over the long summer break by keeping children reading.

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

“Regular reading has many benefits for life including mental stimulation, increase in knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking, improved focus and concentration and better writing skills.”

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, participants 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.

The school with the most students completing the program will win a special visit by the Mayor to present their winning prize.

Prizes have been donated through the generous support of Fairfield City Council’s Leisure Centres, Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Calmsley Hill Farm and Seven Ten Split bowling alley.