Led by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Australian Public Libraries Alliance (APLA) the Australian Summer Reading Club (SRC) is an annual program that supports continued development of multi-literacy skills in children and young people, including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology skills during the summer months.
Formerly a Queensland state initiative, the SLQ Summer Reading Club was delivered annually in Queensland public libraries and online for 8 years prior to its expansion in 2011 as a national summer reading program.
The SRC provides themed content and resources to enable parents, library staff and others to support the local engagement of children in an enjoyable reading program during their break from school.
The SRC aims to assist public libraries in stimulating a love of reading and building a lifelong library habit.
Participation in the SRC allows children and young people the opportunity to:
- ENGAGE with libraries and library collections
- DISCOVER and develop knowledge, understanding and skills related to the annual SRC theme and
- ENJOY reading books and participating in activities that inspire a love of reading, literature and the library habit.
How is the SRC delivered?
Engagement with libraries is central to the Summer Reading Club program.
Libraries who register their participation receive access to downloadable program materials and ongoing support in the delivery of their SRC programs.
Development of program resources at a national scale minimises participation costs for public libraries while allowing libraries the flexibility to deliver SRC programming that is responsive to their members’ needs.
During the summer months children and parents participate in SRC activities and programs across Australia, both online and in community spaces.
The 2016 Summer Reading Club Report is available for review.
Among the program highlights, the 2016 report demonstrates that in addition to sustaining literacy in children and young people during the summer holidays through the SRC libraries are demonstrating themselves as vital spaces and partners in communities, connectors within their communities, and achieving strategic community focus, service offering and service delivery outcomes in alignment with APLA’s Guidelines, Standards and Outcome Measures for Australian Public Libraries, 2016
Highlights from 2016:
- 82,507 children and young people participated in library summer holiday programs
- 55,874 in children and young people formally registered in the Summer Reading Club (15% increase)
- 456,187 books read (37% increase)
- 8 million estimated audience media reach
- 22,674 visits to the Summer Reading Club website
- 32 collaborative partnerships and sponsors including:
- Public Library Associations
- Australian Children’s Literature Association (ACLA)
- Australian Children’s Laureate 2016-2017, Leigh Hobbs
- Australian publishers