Cr David Pahlke along with major Sponsor Daniel Ganzenmuller from Sound Text Media
celebrate with winners Naomi Klawwitter, Maliyan Thompson and Tilly Ruby

A SPECIAL group of Ipswich children who spent their summer reading were rewarded for their efforts last Saturday (February 9).

Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the Ipswich Libraries had held a special presentation for the winners of the 2012 to 2013 Summer Reading program.  “This popular program is held each year over the December and January school holiday as part of the Ipswich Library and Information Service’s regular school holiday program,” he said.  Cr Pahlke said the Summer Reading Program was designed to encourage Ipswich’s young people to read for pleasure and use libraries all year round, not just during school terms.

“It was wonderful to see the children taking part in the program pick up a book over the holidays and read for pleasure instead of just reading because they were obligated to do so for school.”  Cr Pahlke said council ran the Summer Reading Program every year to encourage the city’s young children to better appreciate the joys of reading.  This year’s program adopted the theme of Untangled Tales: Folk and Fairytales from around the world and today’s presentation continued that theme with participants dressed as their favourite fairytale characters.

Cr Pahlke said to take part in the program participants were required to complete a book review for each book read.  He said 144 participants had completed the six reviews reading a total of 864 books.  “Today we are unveiling the winners of this year’s program and presenting them with their prizes.  “I congratulate each of the winners on the effort they have put into the book reviews they submitted and I want to encourage them to keep reading and visiting the library in the future.”

The winners of the 2012 -2013 program are:

0 – 4 years

1st prize:  Tilly Ruby, East Ipswich;

2nd prize:  Zachary Aumuller, Springfield Lakes and;

3rd prize:  Josie Page, Collingwood Park.


1st prize: Maliyan Thompson, Brassall;

2nd prize:  Peter Cradick, Jamboree Heights and;

3rd prize:  Bailey O’Mara, Flinders View.


1st prize:  Naomi Klawwitter, Chuwar;

2nd prize:  Nicole D’Arcy, Chuwar and;

3rd prize:  Sharice Ewings, Silkstone.

Cr Pahlke said program helped the city’s young people to better appreciate the joys of reading. “We want people to also realise that libraries are fun places full of interesting things to do apart from select books.  “Ipswich’s libraries are a hive of activity all year round with regular activities, workshops and programs being held for both adults and children.”

For more information visit the Ipswich Library and Information Service online at
http://library.ipswich.qld.gov.au/or call 3810 6764.

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