The Annual Reading Hour Celebration is being held on Tuesday 16th August from 6–7pm

You are Invited to Join in the Reading Hour.

Come along to Orange City Library during the Reading Hour on Tuesday 16th August from 6 – 7pm.

Enjoy celebrity performers reading stories, build cubby houses with cardboard boxes and bring along a torch to read a book when we turn out the lights in the Library.

Stories include Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood, and Today in My Cubbyhouse by Bianca Miranda Trollope and illustrated by Damian Miranda.

See you then!

The Reading Hour aims to spread the simple message, ‘Share a book for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week, and give the gift of reading’. There are hundreds of celebrations happening in libraries, schools, businesses and homes across the country this year, which are doing just that!

The Reading Hour emerged from the National Year of Reading 2012, and is an ongoing campaign from Love2Read, funded by the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance and in partnership with the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Responding to research highlighting Australia’s critically low literacy rates and the increased social and economic opportunities for children that are read to from an early age, The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives.  Rather, it encourages the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mantra, building a foundation in society whereby reading is a gift, given freely.

We are delighted that Magda Szubanski- one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is our National Ambassador for 2016. Magda Szubanski has a background in comedy, appearing on several sketch shows including Kath & Kim as Sharon Strzelecki.  Her first book Reckoning recently won the Indie Award for Non-Fiction, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and both Biography and Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards!

Although the official Reading Hour is held nationwide on Tuesday 16th of August, the joy of reading can be celebrated anytime, anywhere.

Anytime is reading time!

Driven by Australian libraries, Love2Read raises the status and visibility of reading and literacy nationwide, promotes the benefits of reading and storytelling as critical life skills and catalysts for wellbeing, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers.

For more information contact Orange City Librarian Sean Brady on 6393 8132.