From the underground bakery in the ghost town of Farina, past Promised Land, Cape Tribulation, Wiseman’s Ferry, Labrador and Banana to Cook, the town in the middle of nowhere.
It is fun travelling around Australia when you’re reading books. This is what participants in the Summer Reading Club discovered over 52 days of the holiday’s when they read a total of 1,131 books! Library staff selected 52 interesting and some weird destinations around the country for the Read Around Australia program.
Every time a participant finished one reading record with ten books on it, they got to pick a surprise destination and move the library car to that place on a giant map in the library. Every destination had a bit of write up for the participants to learn about the place. “They really enjoyed moving the car to a new destination,” said Debbie Gould of the Parkes Shire Library.
Library members from Parkes, Peak Hill and Trundle took part in the program. Eight-year-old Vashti Williams of Trundle said she really enjoyed taking part in the program. “It encouraged me to read more books.”
The program concluded with a celebration last week when all the participants received a certificate. It was a great opportunity to discover weird and wonderful places around Australia… did you know Marble Bar in Western Australia features in the Guiness Book of Records for 161 consecutive days of the temperature not dropping below 37.8 degrees Celsius?
By Maggi Barnard