An excerpt from 'About Pūtoi Rito Communities of Readers', available here:
Pūtoi Rito Communities of Readers is a National Library initiative that aims to engage children and young people with reading for pleasure and wellbeing. Funded by the Te Puna Foundation and in collaboration with partners, the initiative works with communities to design, develop and deliver support for reading engagement.
An excellent video about the Pūtoi Rito project is available on this webpage.
A further excerpt (sourced from here):
Purpose of the project
Reading for pleasure has significant benefits such as improving reading, knowledge, empathy, creativity, wellbeing and social outcomes. It provides an important foundation for digital and critical literacies, crucial for participation in today’s complex information landscape.
However, not all children, young people and their communities in New Zealand have the same opportunities to develop a love of reading. There are inequities in access to books, libraries, expertise, support and reading role-models.
Posted: Monday 22 August 2022