Ravenous readers reap rich rewards

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 12:05 05/02/2013
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Bookworms: Pictured, from left, Courtney Shelton, 15, Ellice D'Arcy, 14, Invercargill Rotary Club president Jon Turnbull and Hannah Brown, 16, with the prizes they won as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

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Pizza, soft drinks, famous basketball players and lots of prizes, concluded the Summer Reading Challenge at the library last month.

More than 60 people gathered to celebrate the end of the competition, including guest, former Tall Black basketballer Pero Cameron and Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare.

The competition attracted more than 800 competitors and saw thousands of books read by children of all ages.

The top 25 participants, who had each gained more than 100 points by writing book reviews, went into the draw to win one of three tablets, handed out by the basketball players.

First prize winner Ellice D'Arcy, 14, said she was extremely happy with her win and had enjoyed most of the books she had read.

Third-place winner Hannah Brown could not believe her luck, she won an iPod through the competition last year and took away a Sony E-Reader this year.

Robbie Grove, 13, won the prize for the most books read, clocking up 62 books and reviews.

Invercargill Rotary Club president Jon Turnbull said it was "fantastic" to see the programme had been a success and good to see some great teenagers walk away with the prizes the club had donated.

Invercargill City Libraries outreach librarian Kirsty Graham said she could not be happier with the success of the competition.

It had been the biggest year on record, which she put down to the interest in the major prizes.

Ms Graham said she was already searching for new ideas and initiatives for next summer's competition, and ways to make it even bigger.

"There's no doubt that the programme is going to grow, it's actually a bit scary."

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- The Southland Times

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