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The Summer Reading Program

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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If I had a dollar for every book my eight year old read, I would be rich. If I had to buy said books, I would be broke. Thank heavens for public libraries. One of the best things I ever did was getting my kids a library card. Brisbane City Council has thirty three libraries, from Annerley to Zillmere. Membership is free and provides access to an extensive collection of books, magazines, audio books, CDs, and DVDs. Internet access is also free. Not just books, your local library also provides an assortment of activities; for the young (Babies, Books, and Rhymes) to the not so young (Discover email). There's movie screenings, CPR workshops, genealogy lessons, personal safety seminars, and school holiday fun.
www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/libraries
One program my daughter is looking forward to these summer holidays is The Summer Reading Program, beginning December 10, 2011 and running until January 22, 2012. Children aged twelve and under can apply for a 'reading licence' to earn rewards for reading and attending library events. The planned events include: pantomimes, storytelling, writing workshops, VIP library tours, and a fright night - kids can dress up as their favourite creepy character and share scary stories.

All children who complete their 'reading licence' will receive a prize. For more information, visit your local library, phone 3403 8888 or click here.
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Why? Reading rocks
When: December 10, 2011 until January 22, 2012
Where: Your local library
Cost: Free
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