Orange residents are encouraged to Speed date a book at Orange City Library as book lovers across the country gear up for the annual National Australian Reading Hour. 
 
Head down to the library on Byng Street on Thursday September 14 from 5pm to be part of the book speed dating, or simply read for an hour anytime time during the day to participate in the national event. 
 
Orange City Librarian Sean Brady said participants inthe book speed dating are encouraged to read for five minutes, rate the book and then engage in lively debate with other book lovers about each of the books. 
 
“Australians say reading is their number one enjoyable leisure activity and research shows that reading reduces stress by 68%,” Mr Brady said. 
 
“It works faster than listening to music, going for a walk, or enjoying a cup of tea. Of course, reading not only makes us feel good, it’s also an important life skill. 
 
“Orange City Library runs activities all year round, including Book Clubs, children’s storytimes, meet the author events and National Simultaneous Storytime, but the Australian Reading Hour is the one event that everyone can take part in.. 
 
“It’s for all ages and all interests, and you can do it at any time of the day or night. If you can’t join us at the library, come in and borrow a book to take home with you for later.”
 
For more information about the Australian Reading Hour, visit www.australianreadinghour.org.au