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‘Books on wheels’ boost interest in reading

Wednesday September 05, 2018 Written by Published in Education
 Ministry of Education staff Vae Papatua, Eve Reea, Niki Silao and Anna Raumanu with some of the free books on offer as part of National Literacy Week. The books are being distributed via a mobile library. 18090315 Ministry of Education staff Vae Papatua, Eve Reea, Niki Silao and Anna Raumanu with some of the free books on offer as part of National Literacy Week. The books are being distributed via a mobile library. 18090315

A mobile library is hoping to help to increase interest in reading among the local community.

As part of Literacy Week run by the Ministry of Education, a free book library is travelling around the island, giving away books to families as a way of encouraging family members to read together.

The library travelled around the island to each vaka and on Monday was located in town for some time.

Literacy advisor for primary schools, Anna Raumanu said the aim was to help families to reinforce reading to their children of all ages.

“These are all books that we have received here at the ministry as donations and the hope is that we can give them back to the community to continue to emphasise (the importance of) reading.

“We have a very broad variety of books here and anyone is able to come down and collect what they would like.

“We will possibly look next year at actually going around and visiting schools, but this is more about promoting reading to the community. Even if they take books for just looking at the pictures, it is all important.”

Raumanu said the response from the community had been extremely positive.

“A lot of people were interested in the Maori literacy books we had on hand, which is great for those families who wish to further encourage their students to be confident in our language.”

She said any remaining books would be donated to the prison, the hospital and other non-profit groups at the end of the library tour yesterday.