South Learning CentreSix weeks of summery holidays sounds idyllic. In reality by early January, my  parental grey hairs are rapidly sprouting and I need my kids to have some routine and focus. We all enjoy routines so the opportunity conduct some home schooling is nigh!

Over the summer period it is known that academically there is a slide in children’s abilities. Professor Tom Nicholson from Massey University talked on Nine to Noon about Stopping the summer reading slide . Here’s where we at Christchurch City Libraries can help.

The libraries latest database Busy things is a fun and highly acclaimed early literacy programme. Other great databases we offer include Literacy Planet, Tumblebook Library and, for  12 to 17 year olds, TumbleBook Cloud . They all offer books, graphic novels, videos, games and puzzles that will keep all ages in your family entertained and learning.

Summertime inspiration from our libraries include the Holiday reading booklist which is a great place to start. Back this up with our  Summertime reading club competition (closes January 18) which has great prizes and you could have some inspired readers. As well our learning centres at South, New Brighton and Upper Riccarton Library are running holiday programmes in January.

Exploring our Kids website will also throw up heaps of ideas and activities.

Happy holidays and happy learning!

Tania Gibson, Children’s Network Specialist