Reading has its rewards

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Samantha Pessotto and her daughter Amanda, along with Manjimup Library team member Gina Gilbert, look forward to reading together as part of the Year One Super Readers' Club.
Camera IconSamantha Pessotto and her daughter Amanda, along with Manjimup Library team member Gina Gilbert, look forward to reading together as part of the Year One Super Readers' Club. Credit: Tari Jeffers

A program aimed at encouraging first year primary school students to read has been introduced at Manjimup Library.

The Year One Super Readers’ Club, funded by Manjimup Lions, builds on other programs already at the library such as the Better Beginnings initiative for children up to the age of five.

The club will reinforce the message that reading is a fun and valuable skill.

A librarian will visit classes at all Manjimup primary schools to give out the Super Readers' Club packs and introduce the program mascot, Super Teddy.

Students will be invited to visit Super Teddy at the library, read stories to him and take home books to read in order to earn rewards including stamps, badges and books.

Home-schooled students will also be able to join the club.

Five-year-old Amanda Pessotto got her Super Readers bag on Friday and said she loved borrowing books.

“I read hundreds of books a month,” she said

Samantha Pessotto and her daughter Amanda, pictured with Manjimup Library team member Gina Gilbert, look forward to reading together as part of the Year 1 Super Readers' Club.
Camera IconSamantha Pessotto and her daughter Amanda, pictured with Manjimup Library team member Gina Gilbert, look forward to reading together as part of the Year 1 Super Readers' Club. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Amanda’s mother Samantha said reading was important to their family.

“It’s about bonding, we started when Amanda was in intensive care for her first 10 weeks, it was the only way we could really connect with her,” Mrs Pessotto said.

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei is also on board with the program.

“We hope parents of these Year 1 students will bring their children into the library to choose their own books and reinforce the message that reading has the power to introduce them to new and fascinating characters, places and adventures,” he said.

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