It is that time of year again! School Holidays and what to do with the children. Tipperary Libraries’ Summer Reading Tree has attracted thousands of children each year to join in and get reading during the summer holidays.
Kids must read six or more books and they log their progress as they go and get a certificate and medal at the Summer Reading Tree party at the end of the summer. “This is a great, fun way of encouraging kids t o keep up their reading habit during the summer. They can read whatever they like and they can go at their own pace. For parents it is ideal because coming to the library or Book Bus ( Clogheen, Mullinahone, Newport) and selecting the books and hanging out in the library is an activity in itself and then they have the books to read when they go home. It can fit in around holidays, trips and camps and furthermore it is completely FREE.” Emer O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian , Tipperary Libraries.
Reading during the summer has been proven to help children maintain the reading levels they gained during the school year and can make it easier for them when restarting school in September.
It also gives families an opportunity to see what other events and facilities are available for their families at their local library, such as Internet access, storytime, bookclubs and great book selection.
“It also gives Mam, Dad, Nana or Grandad a few minutes to read the newspaper or pick a summer book for themselves,” concluded Marie Boland, Clonmel Library. “Happy Reading!”