Library wins by children reading books

A nationwide contest aimed at making reading a national priority has put $1,000 worth of new children’s books into the local library system.

The Vancouver Island Regional Library won the books after participating in the National Reading Campaign’s ‘What did you read today’ kids’ contest.

“We are so pleased to be a winner and look forward to receiving these new books which we know our younger customers will enjoy,” said Fiona Anderson, director of library services. “Staff in our branches had a lot of fun displaying the kid’s activity sheets, tweeting titles to the National Reading Campaign, and talking with young people about the importance of reading and the joy it can bring to your life.”

The contest, which ran Nov. 14 to Dec. 31, had kids in classrooms and public libraries across the country filling in colourful “What did you read today?” activity sheets which were displayed, photographed and tweeted to the National Reading Campaign’s Twitter page.

The National Reading Campaign is a coalition of librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers, readers and writers.

Since 2008, the National Reading Campaign has brought together people from every region of Canada who are concerned about Canada’s changing reading habits.

Through summits, the development of a National Reading Plan, and many other efforts, the National Reading Campaign aims to make reading a national priority.

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