March is the month to celebrate books and reading. A 2010 study by M. Evans confirms that “Children growing up in homes with books get 3 more years schooling than children with bookless homes, independant of their parents’ education, occupation and class“.

The theme this year is “The power of Books”. Explore New Zealand Book Month website to find out how people life was changed by books and discover your next life-changing book. You can leave a comment here to tell us which book has changed your life and how.

The results of last years “All-time Favourite books” voted by New Zealanders are displayed in the library. Most of them are available in MACLIC.

Each student will be given a voucher to get $5 off a book purchased during March 2011 in the local Bookstore.

Another focus of this year’s book month is Reading Aloud. Enter the competition “Who’s your reading super hero?” to win loads of prizes.

Reading Aloud is fundamental. It builds strong relationships, it’s fun and rewarding. So share a book, an article, a chapter, an encyclopedia entry with your mates or family…

Most of all, enjoy reading!

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