SUMMER READING CLUB has a fresh new look

child reading picture books
Image: Courtesy of State Library of Queensland

The 2019 Summer Reading Club is coming soon!

This year’s campaign will see a new delivery mode with a 40-day Reading Challenge, rolling themes and new resources. The new look SRC will encourage return library visits, more new memberships and lots of reading during the summer months.

With summer in sight, we look forward to lots of summer reading fun!

2019 Summer Reading Club theme: A Roomful of Stories

A Roomful of Stories encourages children, young people and families to engage with stories and the language in which they are told. Stories are everywhere, waiting to be discovered!

A Roomful of Stories celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Language (IYIL) with a focus on the use of oral language story telling. Every person has a tale to tell, and the language used to express that story is a vital component in the story-telling process. This year’s SRC theme provides a great opportunity to share oral and written stories.

The visual identity for this year’s campaign is currently in development. We will share the exiting new Artwork with you in early October.

Introducing the Summer Reading Challenge

The new SRC 40-Day Challenge will encourage participants to ‘Join the club! Join the challenge!’

Emphasis will move from counting books or reading hours to days spent reading; making participation achievable for all involved.

Challenge activities will replace the production of the age-level activity booklets and are designed to increase access to library collections, promote visitations and library memberships.

A suite of exciting resources to support the Challenge in your libraries will be available for order by Queensland libraries and IKCs shortly, and allocated amounts will be provided for free to libraries and IKCs.

Rolling genre-based themes

From 2019, the Summer Reading Club will become a rolling program of eight genre themes to guide Summer Reading Club book selection, programming and graphic design.

Each year the SRC will have a new visual campaign applied to the suite of resources and templates. The annual fresh new look will help libraries with their planning, increase opportunities to promote and update collections based on the coming genre themes and/or revisit previous successful activities.

We look forward to sharing more information about these changes in the coming weeks.

To get involved in the Summer Reading Club or if you have any questions about these changes please contact summerreadingclub@slq.qld.gov.au.