Thursday, June 25, 2020

THE annual Summer Stars reading programme for children kicked off last week, June 15 in Waterford Libraries. The initiative runs until the end of summer and celebrates all types of readers.

Traditionally, children pick up their card from their local branch and attend the myriad of exciting events in their branch throughout the summer, as part of Summer Stars.

This year, all events will be held online in order to prioritise safety during the pandemic, in line with school and library closures.

Weekly events will be run on www.waterfordlibraries.ie and a Summer Stars card can be printed out so each child can keep track of the books they read this summer.

Every reader is celebrated, which means books, comics, magazines, chapters, every single way of reading counts for the challenge. Even better is the fact that there is no competition of any kind, reading is ideally something which is enjoyed at a child’s own pace, so completing one book over the summer counts as having completed the Summer Stars programme.

Aside from reading, there will be storytime, readings, quizzes, crafts and more updated weekly on Waterford Libraries social media pages and website.

The only requirement is that 20 minutes daily is spent reading or re-reading favourites. Reading can be done alone or while reading with a parent or guardian at bedtime.

Completed cards should be returned to your local branch before August 31 to ensure that when library staff visit schools in the autumn, each participating child will receive a certificate.

If printing is not possible, a card can be collected from the Central Library, or if the books are written down at home, a quick call to the library staff on 0761 102696 before August 31 will ensure a certificate of achievement will be issued for that child.

The Summer Stars adventure allows children to explore using their imaginations, irrespective of any travel distance requirements.

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