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Students take on reading challenge

Students at five Nanaimo elementary schools will show off their reading prowess at an upcoming international reading competition.The ‘Reading Link Challenge’ is a partnership between Nanaimo Harbourfront Library and five elementary schools in which Grades 4 and 5 student teams compete on their knowledge and reading comprehension of six books selected by an international committee.Teams at Bayview, Frank J. Ney, Mountain View, Pauline Haarer, and Quarterway elementary schools will be participating in in-school challenges, between Feb. 28 and March 4.  They will be asked questions about the six books they were given to read in November.The team that correctly answers the most questions will move on to compete against winning teams from other schools in the district at the ‘Grand Challenge’ quiz show that will take place at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on March 10 at 1 p.m. Kevin Coates, customer services librarian at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, says the friendly competition is meant to promote the love of reading.“First and foremost, we want to promote the love and fun of reading,” said Coates.“We also want to introduce children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials, and highlight libraries as valuable neighbourhood and community resource centres.”Students need not be strong readers to participate.  For more details about the Reading Link Challenge, please go to or call Kevin Coates at 250-753-1154.

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