Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone is urging children up to 12 to swap the iPad for reading this summer.
The Mayor’s Summer Holiday Program begins on November 26 with children who read at least 20 books eligible to collect special incentives and have a chance of winning prizes.
Mayor Carbone said the program allows children to choose what they read and they have the opportunity to participate in fun library programs and activities.
“Voluntary reading is the key to making reading a routine,” he said.
“Regular reading has many benefits for life including mental stimulation, increase in knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking, improved focus and concentration and better writing skills.”
Children can use their library card to register for the program at any Fairfield City Open Library and receive a library bag, reading record and a lanyard. The program finishes on February 19.
The school with the most students completing the program will win a special visit by the mayor to present their winning prize.
Fairfield Council’s Leisure Centres, Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Calmsley Hill Farm and Seven Ten Split bowling alley have donated prizes for the program.