Building partnerships with Reading Together

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In November fifty children, staff, parents and the Deputy Principal of Otahuhu School alighted from their bendy-bus at the Services to Schools centre in Auckland. The school is one of many involved in the Reading Together® Programme. The visit was a treat for the children and parents for their work undertaken so far.

Little did they know that the centre was all geared up and excited to have them on board. Trolleys of new books had been put aside, displays set up, activities planned and mini passports ready to be stamped once the children completed an activity.

Everything planned tied in with reading engagement. They decorated book-marks, and listened to Margaret Mahy’s, ‘Down the back of the chair’, a perfect reminder of how important reading aloud was to New Zealand’s icon Margaret Mahy. An activity with an iPad required them to take photographs of their favourite book, which they then used to make slides using story apps. The Readers Theatre-Poetry Jam got parents and children out of their comfort zones through reading poetry in various voices.

A tour around the library had their eyes on stalks at the size of the collection. The place was abuzz with discussion about books as the children selected books to read over the summer. Summer reading is a natural fit with Reading Together®, both benefiting from increased parental understanding about the importance of spending time reading together and reading for pleasure.

It was the perfect collaboration, collection and environment for this literacy based day of fun.

Find out more about the Reading Together® Programme and Reading Together loans.

Find out more about Summer reading.

By Janice Rodrigues

Janice is a Librarian (Online Services) with Services to Schools.

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