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Holiday Reading




Somerset Times Edition

Week 9, Term Two, 2017

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Holidays are (so much) better with great books! The upcoming mid-year break is the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind with a great book or three, and read purely for the pleasure of it.

Here at Somerset, we not only allow, but actively encourage students over all year levels to borrow for the holiday breaks. We’ve had digital signage about around the campus this week and in the KIP encouraging this, as well as a reminder in Information Literacy lessons for our Junior School students. Junior school parents are always more than welcome to come to the KIP with or without their children and borrow on their behalf.

2017 - T2 - W9 - Jen Walsh article

If you’re about to embark on an overseas adventure and your child realizes they are bookless, it is not too late. We have eBooks suitable for all ages and reading levels and instructions for downloading our eBooks can be found on our Library website at

There have been countless studies highlighting the benefits of reading for children. Beyond the positive academic impact, reading also helps young people develop empathy, which is such an important attribute.

I was very fortunate to attend the recent YA Matters Conference held by the State Library of Victoria. Many of the Young Adult Authors who spoke have been attendees at the Somerset Celebration of Literature. The theme of the conference was ‘diversity’ and was about how we, as Information Service professionals, have a responsibility to our customers to provide a range of different stories told by lots of different voices.

We are constantly adding to our very diverse library collection and read as much young adult fiction as we can. We love recommending books to young people and could probably find something to get even the most reluctant reader reading for pleasure.

Often, all it takes is one perfect book on a cold, rainy day to create a lifelong lover of books and reading. We wish everyone a wonderful break and we hope that you all find some quality time with a great book!

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