Summer Reading Club hits 23,000 reads

Children participating in the 2018 Summer Reading Club online, logged over 23,000 books. Wow, a fantastic achievement!

It’s hard to believe our summer of curiosity and discovery is over. Congratulations on getting your community reading. It’s sure to pay off for young readers in the years ahead.

Hundreds of library events attracted children to libraries around Australia. Children and library staff responded well to the Curious Creatures theme. 

Wildlife exposure. Wodonga Library posted by Meagan Brown

Live animals of all kind featured heavily in the activities! Wildlife exposure. Wodonga Library posted by Meagan Brown

Thanks for sharing photos of your programs on social media and tagging your posts with #summerreadingclub. Below are some of the photos shared to the Summer Reading Club Champions Facebook group of activities and events held in libraries this summer. If you aren’t a part of the group—join now! You might find some good ideas for your next activity.

If you think you’d like to organise any of these activities in your library, contact the featured library for more details.

Creatures take over the library!

Children wearing hand made masks  Curious Creatures window display

Above left: Curious creatures and cake. Posted by Lia Gladman at the Excelsior Library Charters Towers. Above right. Excelsior Library Charters Towers from Tahnee Wallace

Home-made creatures

Girl holding paper ladybird  Girl with her paper plate creation   Girl with handmade paper dragon

Above left: Beetle Robyn at Nunawading Library made curious creatures out of pegs, pipe cleaners, glitter and imagination. Above middle : Tamara Patimo post from Richmond Upper Clarence Regional Library. Above right: Posted by Lia Gladman – Grace and her dragon

Decorated libraries

Cardboard tree display  Smithton Library Tasmania– Zoo of Curious Creatures. Posted by Sally Stanley

Above Left : Kingston Library Tasmania – Jacqui Gangell’s post. Above right :  Smithton Library Tasmania– Zoo of Curious Creatures. Posted by Sally Stanley

All join In

Children lying on library floor in formation   Children wearing cardboard robot costumes

Above left:  Hume Libraries at Craigeburn Library with Great Gizmo. Posted by Josie Mitzi. Above right:  Smithson Library posted by Sally Stanley

Here are some quotes from kids who enjoyed the experience.

  • I loved it so much and it was so fun! Madi 12, TAS
  • I really LOVED the Summer Reading Club this year. It was SO fun. There were SO many COMPETITIONS where I had SO much fun answering. THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL SUMMER! Abby 8, NSW
  • I can’t wait for the next Summer Reading Club! Lana 11, NSW

Reading All Year-round

Although your Summer Reading Clubs have come to an end, you can help encourage reading all year round.  Why not start with these forthcoming events:

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Day 12 March, 2019
  • National Science Week 20 – 24 March, 2019
  • National Simultaneous Storytime 22 May, 2019

For more information about the Summer Reading Club contact