December 03, 2015
Te Reo summer reading programme
Auckland librarians want tamariki learning Maori to keep reading in te reo through the summer holidays.
The 55 libraries throughout the Auckland region will host the Kia Maia Te Whai reading programme, alongside the usual Dare to Explore scheme.
Maata Biddle, a senior library assistant for Maori services at Manurewa library, says children who sign up will be given reading goals and set fun challenges to complete, as well as taking part in activities in the libraries.
She says they won’t be limited to one library, and it’s a chance to explore what the region can offer.
"We have activities in our libraries and there's often lots of noise going on and we make no apology for that. We want the children to have a fun time,express themselves happily and just enjoy what they're doing. That's the whole purpose of getting them into the libraries so that they become confident and comfortable in libraries and they know that they can express themselves, she says.
The Kia Maia Te Whai and Dare To Explore launch on Monday, and tamariki can sign up at any library.
Click to listen to Maata Biddle
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