Library challenge encouraging kids to read

While The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base is a favourite for these two Wodonga sisters, they are certainly not living up to its title and leaving the library's Summer Reading Challenge until the last moment.

Elle, 12, and Lara Drew, 9, have read more than 33 books between them these school holidays and they don't plan on slowing down.

These two bookworms have been powering through the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to see how many books they can read between December 1 and January 25.

The idea of the challenge is to record every book you read and once you reach ten books, return your reading log to the library for a prize.

The girls both agree that part of the fun is returning their reading log for a prize.

Elle has taken part in the challenge in previous years and enjoys the "excuse" to read more.

"I like all kinds of action, mystery and Greek mythology genres," she said.

"I don't really have a goal in mind (for this challenge), I'm just going to go for it.

"I know I have definitely read more than last year."

Meanwhile, Lara enjoys reading about history and anything by the author Graeme Base who is well-known as one of the world's leading creators of picture books.

The girls attended some of the events held at the library to promote the challenge, including the launch party which involved a jumping castle.

Their mum, Jasmina is a supporter of the challenge.

"It's great becuase they can write down what they read and keep track, so it keeps them accountable as well," she said.

Those taking part in the challenge can also keep their eye on the big prize - for every 10 books participants read they can also pick a location on the map located at the library to go into the main prize draw.

It's not too late to take part in some of the Summer Reading Club Challenge activities - come along on January 15 for Wildlife Exposure, a chance to encounter unique animals around Australia. Touch and hold hand reared gliding possums or pat a tame dingo. Interact with parrots, lizards, frogs and turtles. Confront non-venomous pythons and marvel at salt and fresh water crocodiles! All in the safety and comfort of Wodonga Library.

There's also a game design workshop on January 17 where young people can put their gaming experience and creative imagination into action and develop a curious creature and your very own computer game. Learn how to create animations, control the main character, collisions, collectables and determine how the game is won. Suitable for all abilities.

The library is also offering a Drama Workshop: Act, sing and dance your way to create your own curious story through this fun interactive drama workshop. We’ll take inspiration from this year’s Summer Reading Club theme to write and perform an original creation.

Some sessions are booked out. Refer to the library's Facebook page for times and availability.