Members of the Summer Reading Club of the Parkes Shire Library have had their noses stuck in books over the past two months. Reading Club members, mostly younger than 12 years, have read a total of 544 books and each received a certificate and goodie bag last Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club with a cake decorated as a book.
The Library has held a reading club over the summer for a number of years. Inspired by work done with Macquarie University on best practice for learning and literacy development, members were asked to recreate a story they enjoyed inside a glass or plastic container. “The goal was to encourage borrowing, support reading as well as understanding, and comprehension of what was being read,” said Sandie Ward, Summer Reading Club President.
Each ‘story inside the glass’ went on display in a Library exhibition. To give members some inspiration, library staff recreated popular stories like The Girl and the Bicycle, Twinkle Twinkle, The Rainbow Fish and The Gingerbread Man inside a carafe, a fish bowl and a jam jar. At the event on Tuesday, some of the members explained what their “story inside the glass” was about, there were very creative representations of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Superman, Silky the cat and The 13-Storey Treehouse.
By Maggi Barnard