in the May/June issue of Library Life we interviewed Rachel Williamson about the Summer Learning Journey, which is designed to address the ‘summer slide’ in literacy skills for students in years 4-8. The ReadNZ also recently interviewed Rachel about the project, which is now in its sixth cycle. Originally designed for students attending the English medium Manaiakalani Cluster schools in east Auckland, the Summer Learning Journey is now undertaken by students in other regions of Aotearoa.
Buller District Libraries
Emma Sherie, District Librarian, says, when I took over my role 15 months ago. Summer reading had come to a bit of a stand still. Children had disengaged from it for various reasons. I wasn’t made aware of this until it was too late to look for funding. So, last year our fabulous librarian in Reefton saved the day by putting together a programme last minute. Turnout was not high due to not having time to market it. I think we had approximately 12 children complete it. This year we had time to prepare and we are pretty pleased with our efforts.
Thanks to the Grey and Westland District Libraries, who made me aware of the Pub Charity fund that they apply to, and provided me with some of the documentation for the application. Our team attend LIANZA weekend school this year in Christchurch. We heard from Rosamund at the Nelson Libraries who educated us about their summer reading programme. This introduced us to a reading map concept and Rosamund provided us with her templates to work from.
This really does highlight the power of collaboration. Due to Grey, Westland and Nelson Libraries sharing their knowledge we were able to lift our summer reading programme game. We want to pass that love forward. So, we are sharing what we have come up with in the hope that it might inspire others.
The National Library
Special summer reading fiction loans for school staff
This summer National Library Auckland and Christchurch centres will open every day from 10-5:00 pm, from Monday 18 November until Friday 13 of December to allow school loan coordinators to select summer reading loans of junior and YA fiction. They can select the items on behalf of staff at their school (ALL staff are encouraged to read), bring staff with them to select their own books or staff may come on their own if unable to accompany their loan coordinator.
Summer reading distance offer
If school staff are based at a location other than Auckland and Christchurch and would like books to read over the summer, you can either place a whole-school loan request, OR staff can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Summer reading in the subject line. Our librarians will select a range of junior and YA fiction. Please also provide:
· your name
· the name of the school
· the number of school staff you would like books for, and
· the maximum number of books you would like.
Summer reading loans can be returned at the same time as term 1 whole school loans – 9 April 2020, but feel free to return them before then. And remember you can use our special courier deal for schools.
Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council)
The Super Smash Reading Challenge brings together two favourite Kiwi summer pastimes: cricket and reading.
Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council) has joined forces with New Zealand Cricket’s T20 summer tournament to get kids reading more books over the holidays.
The Super Smash Reading Challenge is a new interactive website. Primary and intermediate-aged children are invited to register for free and choose their local cricket team to ‘play’ for.
Players log the books they read over the summer, along with a star rating and short review. A leader board keeps track of the Super Smash teams as they move up and down the rankings accordingly.
The Super Smash Reading Challenge will run until the final T20 cricket game on 19 January.
Sign up for the Super Smash Reading Challenge by registering at reading-challenge.org.nz .