Help spread the ‘Reading Bug’

WITH winter almost here, the Zonta Club of Gawler is hoping the only bug that children catch is the ‘Reading Bug’.

The club is once again hosting a giant book swap in Gawler this month, on the back of a successful first event in 2017.

Zonta Club of Gawler project co-ordinator Wendy Randell said the book swap aims to provide pre-loved literature to children at no cost to their families.

“Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another,” she said.

“Having lots of books at home encourages reading.

“Often families have children’s books sitting on their shelves long after the family have outgrown them.

“This book swap event is a great way for the Gawler community to share pre-loved books and support the next generation of children.”

The community is being asked to check their shelves for any children’s books that are in good condition and no longer needed, and to donate them to one of the local designated drop-off points.

The Giant Book Swap will then be held under the Woolworth’s gum tree (western end of Gawler Arcade) on Saturday, May 26, between 10am and 4pm.

On the day, there is no cost involved – children can freely browse and select a book – and families do not have to have donated books to take part.

“The more books that are donated, the better the opportunity for children to find just the right book for them,” Mrs Randell said.

“We want all children from birth to 12 years of age to come along on the day, choose a book to keep, and while there meet our larger than life Reading Bug.

“We also hope community members will make time in their busy Saturday schedule to drop off any children’s books they no longer want.”

Enquiries can be directed to Zonta project co-ordinator Wendy Randell by emailing

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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