Muswellbrook and Denman libraries launch new Summer Reading program

GAME ON: Dion Hockley, Janet Jones and Angelynn Gill at Muswellbrook Library.
GAME ON: Dion Hockley, Janet Jones and Angelynn Gill at Muswellbrook Library.

UPPER Hunter Regional Library is hoping to “supercharge” children’s holiday plans this year at Muswellbrook and Denman.

The new Summer Reading Program (SRP), Game On, was launched on December 1, with the introduction of virtual reality gaming at both locations.

Another exciting addition in 2017 is Library-opoly.

“There’s no reason for the kids to be bored,” Muswellbrook Library coordinator Dion Hockley said.

“Just sign up to become a member of Upper Hunter Regional Library, register for the SRP at Muswellbrook or Denman from December 1 and fulfil the challenge cards.

“The tasks must be completed to get you in the draw, with the major prize a Gibson electric guitar.

“The youngsters also receive a Game On library bag, Library-opoly sheet, T-shirt, activity book, stickers and more when they join the SRP.

“They can wear the specially-made T-shirts to all the library activities, too.

“We’re looking forward to the 3D virtual reality intertown challenge, which will involve the mayor.

“There’ll also be board and video games at both centres, as well as table tennis.”

Ms Hockley said the popularity of the Summer Reading Program had grown in the past decade.

“We were just shy of 200 children last year,” she admitted.

“So, we’d like to surpass that mark.

“Plus, we want to make the library cool again.

“The SRP still has the reading component; but we’re mixing it with a bit of fun.”

Other activities:

Badge and game making: Friday, January 5, at Denman from 11am; Monday, January 15, at Muswellbrook from 11.30am

Pat Collins’ Mini Workshop (DIY sunscreen): Tuesday, January 9, at Muswellbrook from 11am

Recycled Robot: Thursday, January 11, at Muswellbrook from 10.30am; Friday, January 12, at Denman from 10.30am

3D VR Gaming Challenge at Denman and Muswellbrook: Wednesday, January 17, from 2.30pm

Game On! JD’s All New World of Magic Show: Friday, January 19, at Muswellbrook from 11am

SRP Game On Party: Monday, January 22, at Muswellbrook from 11.30am