Bathurst Library is set to keep a host of school-aged children entertained across the summer holidays with an initiative highlighting the importance of reading.
The Summer Reading Club is open to children aged from zero to 17, with a host of prizes on offer for those who accumulate tickets from the club's activities.
"As children take time off from school across the summer, they often forget about reading and the multitude of benefits it can bring them," Bathurst Library programs team leader Victoria Murray said.
"There's lots of research to show reading encourages relaxation and builds literacy skills, so it's important to keep children engaged in books to aid development."
The club, which runs until January 31, awards tickets for every five books read, five challenges completed on the take home challenge sheet and five correct answers on the online quizzes.
Ms Murray said there's three major prizes on offer as well as a host of minor prizes.
"We have three tablets to give away as the major prizes, and there will also be a number of BooksPlus vouchers up for grabs, which were kindly donated by the Country Women's Association [CWA]," she said.
"Those who generate more tickets understandably have a better chance at winning."
The theme for this year's club is Myths, Legends and Fairytales, and Ms Murray said the library has a host of other activities planned for January.
"We have some take-home packs available, and there will be a number of craft workshops examining the natural world," she said.
For more information, visit bathurst.nsw.gov.au/library.html.