THE Osprey Hotel in Naas was packed with enthusiastic youngsters and their parents on Saturday 7 September for the annual presentation of certificates and medals to those who had completed the Summer Stars reading programme.
Summer Stars is a national reading programme for children that takes place in all 330 public libraries throughout the country throughout the summer. This free initiative encourages children to read as many books as they can during the months of July and August.
The core aims of the Summer Stars reading programme are: To develop increased enjoyment of reading; To boost children’s motivation to read at home and to experience reading as a fun activity: To maintain/improve reading motivation and performance during the summer holidays: To widen the reading range and repertoire of the children who participate: To engage reluctant and hard to reach readers: To encourage family literacy and to further engage children and their families in the resources and services available through their library service
Each child simply signs up at their local library, keeps a record of the books read on their reading card and gets rewards, recognition and encouragement for each step along the way.
The Mad Professor Fun Science was on hand to entertain the children at the awards ceremony.