SLQ media release - Summer Reading Club - 27 November 2008

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					MEDIA RELEASE: 28 November 2008

Join the circus with State Library of Queensland’s Summer Reading Club

Queensland’s leading online reading club will swing into summer with a circus
extravaganza of online games, quizzes, stories and prizes, as well as fun-filled
library activities, starting 15 December 2008.

The Summer Reading Club is a state
 wide, online program that offers children from birth to 16 years a broad range
of fun activities to inspire and entertain.

State Librarian Lea Giles-Peters said this year the Summer Reading Club has
joined the circus.

“Children and young people will discover the excitement of the circus, learn new
skills and be part of The Greatest Show Online,” said Ms Giles-Peters.

“Participants can chat online with Terry Denton and Anna Fienberg, listen to
Kym Lardner tell one of his hilarious stories, write their own spectacular ending
to Alyssa Brugmann’s High Wire, have their say on a blog with Jack Heath or
showcase their artwork alongside original illustrations by Kerry Argent.

“We have received incredible support from children’s authors and illustrators
across Australia and are pleased to present such an exciting array of interactive

“By taking part in the Summer Reading Club participants can win fantastic
prizes such as an iPod, camera, books, magazine subscriptions and more.”

During January, visitors to the kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland
can enjoy the hilarious production of The Clown from Snowy River as part of the
Summer Reading Club.

At this free performance, two clowns attempt to stage the complete history of
Australia in a laugh-out-loud show to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Children and young people can join the Summer Reading Club online at or through their local public library from
15 December 2008 until 25 January 2009. Information for parents and carers is
also available.

The Summer Reading Club continues to build on the enormous success of
previous years which in 2007/08 attracted more than 8,500 children and young
people from 197 public libraries across Queensland. Already, 217 public
libraries have registered for this year’s program.

The Summer Reading Club is supported by Allen and Unwin, The Book house,
DMAG, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Good Reading, Hachette, James Bennett,
The Courier-Mail Little Big Book Club and Southern Scene.

Image: Children enjoy circus fun at the Summer Reading Club
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                 PO Box 3488 South Brisbane Q 4101
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