Summer Reading Challenge for Kids

All of a sudden the end of the school year and Summer are nearly upon us, and lo and behold, it RAINS! Need an activity to occupy your kids’ imaginations? Come down to the library, get some fabulous books, and pick up a Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet for them (and explore our interactive list online!).

Every year the team at Wellington City Libraries put their heads together and come up with a list of 60+ amazing books. We then challenge kids aged 5 – 13 years to read as many books as possible from our Summer Reading Booklist between the 1st of December and the 31st of January. Once the kids have read a book, they go to the kids page, write a review for our Kids Club and win prizes! So don’t forget to pick up the Summer Reading Challenge booklet, available from the 18th of November at all Wellington City Libraries (printable version here).

P.S. You might find yourself reading their Summer Reading Challenge books as well!

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With the holiday season quickly approaching many readers will be seeking books to enjoy on long lazy days in the (hopefully) summer sun. Here in the fiction area of Central Library we have several display areas that we guarantee will provide some great escapist reading.

We have a special Summer Reads display where we will display a range of older diverse genres that have proven very popular.

We have our Librarian’s and Reader’s choice display that is so popular with fiction browsers. Daily returned material provides a constant change of content.

There is the New Zealand Fiction display that highlights the amazing talent and varied breadth of theme New Zealand writers create.

Not forgetting our popular Fiction Stack display, we have gems from our closed stack shelves. Many readers will have forgotten about, or been unaware of these older publications.

Lastly of course are the New Fiction display shelves. As new material is arriving daily, the most recently published gems can be found by the alert browser.

We hope you have a happy reading summer.

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Read, review & win in our Summer Reading Challenge

summer-reading-booklet-coverIt’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on (a librarian will contact your child when the prize is ready to be collected). But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.

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Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win

It’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on. But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.

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Attack of the giggles: light read recommendations

Light reads are really hard to recommend — they’re so subjective. “Light read” means different things to different people – heartwarming, gentle, funny, fun and more. Sometimes it’s even just a book you love so much it feels light to you — just the idea of it makes you feel happy! Here are a selection of light reads as recommended by our librarians. They include non-fiction gigglefests as well as light fiction and gentle reads, and cover sci-fi, murder mysteries, wry understated masterful English wit, stunt non-fiction and chicklit.

Syndetics book coverDress your family in corduroy and denim / David Sedaris.
This is a collection of matter of fact but very funny essays which will have you laughing out loud, don’t make the mistake I made and read on an airplane you will cause a scene. David Sedaris is a great observer of life and really knows who to tell a great story. (Andree)

Syndetics book coverThe Wilder life : my adventures in the lost world of Little house on the prairie / Wendy McClure.
Have you ever been so obsessed with the world inside a book you went out and bought a butter churn (substitute appropriate item for your book obsession), just to feel closer to its protagonist? Wendy McClure has (and I sort of wish I had too…) Funny and reflective, and if you’ve ever loved the world of a book so much you wanted to wish yourself inside it (especially as a kid), you’ll enjoy this book. McClure has also written as a columnist for Bust magazine (a lot like Frankie magazine, but in the States), so you may have already read and enjoyed her writing. Plus, so much Little House on the Prairie backstory! And tourist kitsch! (Celeste)

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(These are more of those “laugh-out-loud” books Andree mentioned — reading these on public transport will make you snort and giggle in public — which can only be a good thing…)

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(The Queen and I is a funny read about the Royal Family being deposed by a Republican government in the UK, and adapting to life in a housing estate in the Midlands. Some royals adjust better than others, notably the Queen. Queen Camilla is a follow-up, but written quite a few years later.)

Syndetics book coverVery good, Jeeves / P.G. Wodehouse.
Really any of the Jeeves or Blandings books by P.G. Wodehouse. P.G. Wodehouse has a wonderful writing style and a language all of his own. These stories are clever, sunny and life-enhancing. (Sue)

Syndetics book coverForever Rumpole : the best of the Rumpole stories / John Mortimer.
Any of the Rumpole books by John Mortimer. The loveable legal ‘taxi-cab’ fights for the rights of petty criminals, against the strictures of petty bureaucracy and his formidable wife Hilda… These stories will bring a smile to your face. (Sue)

Syndetics book coverThe body in the library / Agatha Christie.
Of all her books, of course we had to choose this one! I love Agatha Christie books as light reads, especially Miss Marple. I know they’re murder mysteries – and, no, they don’t make me giggle – but I love how they just amble along, the descriptions of village life, and Jane Marple’s quick assessments of new characters as fitting the ‘type’ of an old maidservant or the village fishmonger etc. She quickly sizes up new characters and fits them into her schema of human nature. She’s a lot nicer in the later books – less gossipy. But, if I’m honest, part of the reason I love these books are that they’re just *nice*. I like everything about them – the descriptions of people’s gardens, village busybodies and more. If you’ve never read one, audition one as a lazy, lie around in the sun book. You won’t be disappointed – they’re easy reads in the sense that they don’t make you work hard to enjoy them, they’re just enjoyable. (Celeste)

Syndetics book coverTeacher man : a memoir / Frank McCourt.Teacher Man: A Memoir
If you’ve been a teacher (or even if you haven’t), the student antics in this one will have you giggling! (Mag)
And here’s a review from our catalogue:
“Available at last in paperback is Frank McCourt’s critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller about how his 30-year teaching career in the public schools of New York City shaped his second act as a writer.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe year of learning dangerously : adventures in homeschooling / Quinn Cummings.
This was a favourite of last year – I picked it up because I liked the look of the cover, and read it because the book jacket description was so funny and the author seemed very funny in a self-deprecating kind of way. She sort of acknowledged her earnestness in this experiment, and played a lot on the humour of it. You might enjoy it too — it’s a ‘stunt non-fiction’ experiment in homeschooling and what works for one family. I knew nothing about homeschooling, and I’m pretty sure this experiment isn’t applicable to my cat, but even though it didn’t directly apply to me, I still was very much amused and enjoyed reading it. To get a flavour for what the book is like, have a read of the author’s blog. (Celeste)

Syndetics book coverThe uncommon reader / Alan Bennett.
This story of the Queen’s accidental encounter with a mobile librarian and subsequent venture into the world of reading is gentle and ironic. (Sue)

Syndetics book coverThe internet is a playground : irreverent correspondences of an evil online genius / David Thorne.
“From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular “Overdue Account,” in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; “Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free,” which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and the staggeringly popular “Missing Missy,” which has appeared everywhere, from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.Featuring every one of Thorne’s viral successes from 27bslash6, The Internet Is a Playground will keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne’s next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or almost-stint in jail. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary) (Ben’s pick)

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