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Summer reading for Seymour

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a good book and the Mitchell Shire Library Service is running The Summer Read program, offering free books to borrow.

January 9, 2014 4:45am

Summer Reading Promo GV Regional LibraryCharles Gentner, CEO GV regional Library Corporation

Seymour residents are being urged to sit back, relax and lose themselves in a good book.

And to help them do this the Mitchell Shire Library Service and Goulburn Valley Regional Library is again running The Summer Read.

The program is a State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Network Victoria initiative celebrating the diversity of Victorian writing and encourages people to take time out with a good read.

Mitchell Shire Council Libraries have been participating in the State Library of Victoria’s Summer Read Program for Adults and Juniors, with the adult program offering 10 2013-released books to borrow for free.

Mitchell Shire Council mayor Rodney Parker said participation in the program has been excellent.

‘‘After reading the books, participants can then fill out and return their entry forms to any Mitchell Shire Library for a chance to win several book packs as prizes,’’ Cr Parker said.

Children can also get in on the literary action, with the investigation-themed Junior Summer Read Program packed with fantastic reading and excellent prizes.

‘‘Junior Summer Read participants must get through the reading material and will then get a certificate of completion, plus the chance to win prizes including a Nintendo 3DS,’’ Cr Parker said.

Goulburn Valley Regional Library chief executive officer Charles Gentner said The Summer Read gave people the chance to discover local authors and new books.

‘‘It doesn’t matter if you’re at home or on holidays, summer is the perfect time to pick up a book and read,’’ Mr Gentner said.

‘‘After the often hectic pace of life throughout the year, The Summer Read encourages us all to relax and recharge — and the best way to do that is with a terrific book.’’

The books are:

The Battle For Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli, David W. Cameron (Penguin, non-fiction).

A World of Other People, Steven Carroll (HarperCollins fiction).

Sisters of Spicefield, Fran Cusworth (Random House, fiction).

Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir, Torre DeRoche (Penguin, memoir).

The Memory Trap, Andrea Goldsmith (HarperCollins, fiction).

Blood Witness, Alex Hammond (Penguin, crime fiction).

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Anna Krien (Black Inc, non-fiction).

Is It Just Me? Confessions of an Over-sharer, Chrissie Swan (Black Inc, autobiography).

Father Bob: Larrikin Priest, Sue Williams (Penguin, biography).

The Swan Book, Alexis Wright (Giramondo, fiction).

Registered participants can also use their powers of deduction to guess the number of lollies in the jar at each library for a chance to win a prize.

Other school holiday activities for primary school aged youth available in January at Seymour Library include: Make a rocket at 2pm Tuesday, January 14; and Solar System mobile at 2pm Tuesday, January 21.

The Summer Read runs to February 16. For more information, visit and for Goulburn Valley Regional Library details visit

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