Library Service Promotes Literacy with Summer Reading Bonanza

This summer, Hornsby Shire Council challenges residents of all ages to rekindle their love of reading as it presents two free reading programs to strengthen literacy across the Shire.

Summer Reading Club for children 12 and under
The annual Summer Reading Club for children 12 and under encourages children to enjoy recreational reading during the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Choose Your Own Adventure, offering children the opportunity to access a magical world of adventure through exciting books and their own imaginations. Hosted online through the Beanstack app, the Summer Reading Club offers weekly prize draws and the chance to win one of four $50 gift cards at the end of the program.

Participants are invited to join Professor Bubbles for a special launch event from 4.30pm Wednesday 30 November at Hornsby Central Library, when he will take them on a fascinating journey into the science and wonder of bubbles. Register now at

Summer Reads for adults and young adults
Why should the kids have all the fun? The Summer Reads program for adults and children over 12 gives participants a list of reading prompts to inspire them, then for each book read they enter a draw to win one of 10 $30 book vouchers. Participants can even tell library staff their reading preferences to receive their own tailor-made list of reading suggestions. Collect a form from a Hornsby Shire Council library or complete it online to get started.

Hornsby Shire Mayor, Philip Ruddock explained how the Hornsby Shire Library Service summer reading programs are an important element of its initiatives to support literacy and learning in Hornsby Shire.

“Reading is vital for people of all ages for numerous reasons. It helps us develop new skills, brings a sense of discovery, helps us relax, makes us more empathetic and supports all areas of life.

“Our summer reading programs encourage residents to take time out and grow their minds by connecting with literature. They are part of the services we offer at all stages of life including Storytime for pre-schoolers, resources for students, school holiday activities, book clubs and author talks for adults and the home library service for our older residents.

” The Summer Reading Club and Summer Reads run from 29 November 2022-29 January 2023 for Hornsby Shire Library Service members. To find out more and to register visit