A free children's programme is set to start at the South Taranaki District libraries in Patea and Waverley.

Children aged from 5 to 12 are being encouraged to get Wild about Reading, as the libraries set the summer reading programme.

The six-week programme is offered free through the South Taranaki District Council (STDC) and the Lysaght-Watt Trust as a community project.

As part of the programme, children promise to read for at least 15 minutes a day and to return at least three times to share their reading with library staff.


STDC communications Rachel Harris said reading over the summer holidays was a great way to prevent a child's reading skills from slipping.

"Especially for children who have struggled throughout the school year."

The library programme helped with this in a fun way, with incentives given to each child as a small reward, she said.

Registration will be open from Monday until Saturday, December 16.