The programme, called ‘Mission Possible: K9 Recovery’, is aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years although older or younger children can sign up. It runs from 18 September to 28 October.
Children have to help Korakora, our library kiwi, find the missing library dog somewhere in New Zealand. For every book they read, they’ll be given clues to the dog’s whereabouts which they will have to decipher. There’s also a ‘detective skills’ workshop, a special guest speaker that will talk to the kids about what to do when they’re lost, a ‘dog hunt’ where kids find a picture of the dog in the library to go in the draw for prizes, and a finale party.
There are 190 places available at our six libraries: Raglan, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Meremere and Tuakau. Last year the programme was a huge hit so we encourage people to sign up early to avoid missing out, says Customer Delivery Manager Angela Parquist. Children do not need to be library members to register for the programme.
“This is a really interactive, fun programme that encourages children to read. To get them thinking about the book they’ve read, the children will chat with their librarian before moving on to the next book. It will keep them excited and thinking, and foster their love of reading. This year we have introduced bilingual elements, so people will notice Te Reo Maaori in some of the material.”
To register, please contact your local library. Please note that registrations close on 6 October.