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Media Release

For immediate release August 11, 2009

Last day to sign up for the Summer Reading Club!
There’s still time to sign up

Have you been meaning to drop by Halifax Public Libraries to sign up for the Summer Reading Club? The last day for kids ages 5 to 12 to register is Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Summer Reading Club is one of the library’s longest-running programs and offers kids a chance to collect rewards as they read their way through summer. Children set a personal goal of how many books they can read and record the titles of what they’ve read in their club logbook. Incentives are given each time a third of the goal is reached.

Reading over the summer is important for kids because it helps maintain and increase literacy skills, preventing the “fall-back” that many students experience while out of school. The Summer Reading Club also encourages children to read freely for their own enjoyment, making reading a natural part of their recreational lives.

“Having fun is what the Summer Reading Club is all about,” said Karen Dahl, regional manager of youth services for Halifax Public Libraries. “The best way to get kids excited about reading is to connect them with things they love. Fantasy, adventure, humour, cool facts, survival, friendship, things to make and do — we’ve got something for everyone at the library. Tuck a magazine or comic into your beach bag, relax under a tree with a great story, play an audiobook on your road trip or tackle a neat project with help from a how-to book. It all counts.”

Children who join the Summer Reading Club are eligible to win prizes, including family passes to the Discovery Centre, the Museum of Natural History and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a Wii console, a deluxe party at the Putting Edge Fun Center, a bike and helmet and more.  Check out the July/August Library Guide or halifaxpubliclibraries.ca for more information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852