A great time for literature

Last updated 12:00 28/05/2014

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Palmerston North's literacy lovers are in for a treat next month, with a range of activities on offer.

The Reading and Literacy in the Manawatu group, or ReaLM, is hosting some literacy-inspired events in June.

ReaLM is a group of librarians and teachers who aim to provide professional development opportunities for librarians and literacy educators, as well as hosting events promoting children's literacy.

Next month, ReaLM is hosting the Big Kids Lit Quiz for adults, a spinoff of the popular Kids Lit Quiz, as part of its annual fundraising efforts.

The Kids Lit Quiz, which is where school-aged students test their knowledge in a quiz-style contest, will be held at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School on June 5.

The Big Kids Lit Quiz will be held the same day at the Manawatu Scottish Hall in Princess St at 7pm.

ReaLM member Sasha Eastwood-Bennitt said the group was not-for-profit and was not able to apply for funding to support its Literacy Tour in Schools.

The Big Kids Lit Quiz raises money for the tour, enabling authors to visit schools in the region to promote reading and literacy.

"It will be a fun night with teams of parents, librarians and teachers competing against each other to see how much they know of children's literature," Eastwood-Bennitt said.

The group is also hosting a "Libraries, Literacy and You" day on June 13 at Massey University's Sports and Rugby Institute.

Independent publisher Julia Marshall, literature consultant Bob Docherty, Volunteer Service Abroad teacher Jill McGregor, author Brian Falkner, and Palmerston North Boys' High librarian and executive representative of the School Library Association of New Zealand Miriam Tuohy will be speaking at the event.

For more information, visit manawaturealm.weebly.com.

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