Summer Reading Club goes digital

Blue Mountains Library's hugely popular Summer Reading Program has grown bigger and better.

This year, the library is launching Summer Reading Club online and encouraging children, young adults and now adults to sign up and enjoy reading adventures through a brand new app and website. But, if you're a fan of the paper reading logs, these will still be available.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill with Orson Santangelo Page and Leon McCarthy at Blue Mountains Library in Katoomba.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill with Orson Santangelo Page and Leon McCarthy at Blue Mountains Library in Katoomba.

The new look Summer Reading Club launched on December 1 and runs through to January 31, 2021. Summer Reading Clubonline is an easy to use, interactive platform that encourages reading for personal best at all ages, and allows readers to log books they've read and even submit reviews and artworks.

Kids and young adults can win digital awards and great prizes, such as book vouchers from The Turning Page and Megalong Bookshops, as well as badges and an entry pass to one of the Blue Mountains Leisure Centre pools.

Adult readers can choose their summer reading adventures in fun challenges set by the library and receive digital rewards. Readers can stretch their boundaries by trying out the Travel Read, Scary Read, Funny Read or even the Gory Read challengesand more.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill has followed the 12 year progress of the Library's Summer Reading Program and welcomes the new direction.

"Going digital with Summer Reading Club online encourages readers to read for fun, to try something new and to set some reading goals for the summer," he said. "It's a great way to build on the success of many years of Summer Reading Challenges which have attracted a huge following and fostered a love of reading. And this year, we're really glad to be able to introduce challenges for adults too - why should kids have all the fun?"

Since it started in 2008 the Summer Reading Program has seen more than 6000 children and young adults registered, and over 100,000 books read.

Go to the Blue Mountains Library website for more information, or collect a log sheet at any library branch.