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Giving the gift of reading
Published 16 November 2016
 When you’re buying Christmas presents in the lead up to this year’s festive season, consider giving the gift of reading.

When you’re buying Christmas presents in the lead up to this year’s festive season, consider giving the gift of reading.

The City of Playford’s libraries are aiming to provide 1000 books to the community this Christmas as part of their Give the Gift of Reading campaign.

Library programs officer Jasmine Pugh said the initiative saw 600 books given to people across a wide range of ages last year.

“Christmas is a time of giving and the library celebrates this through the ‘Gift of Reading’ program,” Ms Pugh said.

“This program encourages literacy enjoyment and development in homes by giving children, young people and adults a book at Christmas.”

The books all go to Anglicare, with a formal handover at a free Christmas Party on December 19, with Blast Off Children’s Entertainment there for the celebrations.

Meanwhile, Father Christmas and his elves will also be there for the occasion.

Ms Pugh said that books are a cost-effective way of providing a gift to someone less fortunate, even in this day and age of e-readers and other technology and gadgetry.

“It’s nice to receive something physical and it’s also low cost,” she said.

“You can read books during the day and it doesn’t need charging up.

“You can spend as little as $2 to buy a book and change somebody’s life.”

And while it’s nice to give to others at this time of year, donors could also receive, with a draw held for a $100 Myer card being held at the campaign’s conclusion.

This year, Playford libraries, based at the Civic Centre and Stretton Centre, are hoping the award-winning initiative will spread to other libraries throughout the state.

To donate, simply pop into either the Civic or Stretton library or contact 8256 0334.