Probably the biggest ongoing event that will take place in the Library this year will be the National Year of Reading Activities. This year long event has evolved as a result of the Federal Governments’ Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey that was conducted in 2006. This survey showed that nearly half Australia’s population, 46% cannot read a newspaper, follow a recipe, make sense of a timetable, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. These Australians struggle to meet the most basic reading demands of everyday life and work.
The idea of the National Year of Reading was a direct result of those shocking statistics. The idea is to unite parents, teachers and students into focusing on reading and the really important role that libraries play in the school community. More than 200 writers, publishers and organizations involved in reading and literacy are partnered with the National Year of Reading. Funding has come from the Australian Government, the Australian Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Sidney Myer Fund and Australian Libraries.
The launch of the project was held in Canberra on the 14th of February by Jennifer Byrne, actor/author William McInnes and children’s author Boori Monty Pryor. Events will be held throughout the year around the country at State libraries, school libraries, public libraries, book stores and community venues.
Reading Hour 2012
A highlight will be the Reading Hour, to be held on the 25th August. This event based on Earth Hour will encourage families to not only join together for a reading session on that day but also to continue reading together for an hour or so a week.
If you'd like more information, come into the Community Library and talk to myself or Leanne.
You can also visit www.love2read.org.au