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Join Somerset Libraries Summer Reading Club Program

THE national Summer Reading Club will return to Somerset Regional Council’s library branches; online at summerreadingclub.org.au and in more than a thousand public libraries across the country for another fun-filled season.

Created for children and young people pre-school age to 17, the Summer Reading Club is a free program led by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) that inspires imaginations and instils a love of libraries and reading.

The 2018 theme, Curious Creatures, encourages eager young readers to discover new worlds as they explore and connect with a curiosity of creatures through a range of interactive activities available in libraries and online.

Over 43,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2017, reading over 360,000 books between them over summer, and organisers are hoping participants will crack half a million books in 2018.

Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview exclusives of their up and coming work.

Somerset Regional Council’s regional librarian, Caroline Smith, said the annual reading club was a great way for children to get involved and read plenty of books with great rewards on offer. 

“The fun continues online with plenty of activities to keep young readers inspired throughout the holidays, and great prizes up for grabs,” Ms Smith said.

“Council through its four library branches at Lowood, Esk, Kilcoy and Toogoolawah will also be offering free curious creature themed activities for all ages throughout the Summer school holidays.”

Online participants also have the opportunity to blog with children’s authors, Dr Cameron Stelzer and Emma Middleton, search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a What Happens Next story ending to Dave Lowe’s story starter, share their book raves and artwork, and lots more.

Summer Reading Club starts on 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.