5 August 2012 - National Year of Reading 2012

Quote of the day:

"If you think you can, you can.

And if you think you can’t, you’re right."

Mary Kay Ash

G'day guys,

Today I am pleased to honour and encourage those who have become involved in the National Year of Reading 2012.

Clancy Tucker

The countdown to The Reading Hour

The countdown to The Reading HourThe Reading Hour is coming up fast.  It takes place on Saturday 25 August, nominally from 6pm until 7pm, but with events and  activities happening all day, all around Australia.  There's not enough space to tell you everything that's happening, but here are a few of the highlights:

A day for winners

On 25 August, we'll be announcing the winners of the Marvel/Scholastic reading super heroes competition; the winners of the Adult Learners' Week 2012 'It's never too late... to learn to read' competition and our special guests for the Melbourne Writers Festival Reading Hour party will be the winners of ABC local radio competitions to find a young reading champion from every state and territory. Find out more on our website.

Lots of things to do

Visit our website  and check out the events on our calendar  to find something close to you.  Come along to the Urban Screen at The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, for some big screen fun, Marvel reading super heroes and prize giveaways (4pm to 5pm), also beamed live to the Cultural Centre Screen in the Perth Cultural Centre.  Visit the Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival and take part in the opening night event with Premier Barry O'Farrell and a host of well known authors. Book your free place  at the fabulous Reading Hour party, in Melbourne's BMW Edge theatre, part of the Melbourne Writers Festival (5pm to 6pm).  It's not too late to plan your own event and download the countdown widget for your website to help promote it.

Lots of resources on our wiki

Giggly KidsA big thanks to the Giggly Kids and their producer Matt Hills from Hillside Recordings for donating their time and talent to creating the 'We love  to read' song.  This joins Disney Junior's wonderful video piece, created exclusively to support The Reading Hour, encouraging families and children to share the magic of storytelling together for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week. Disney Junior has been playing the spot throughout the year, both on-air and online.   You will also find posters and images you can use to promote your involvement in The Reading Hour.  It's all on our wiki.

Reading for people in need

Reading for people in needWe're partnering with The Big Issue for The Reading Hour, with the launch on 25 August of its annual fiction edition,  featuring stories by well-known writers.  Every edition sold directly helps people who are homeless or disadvantaged. Pre-order copies of The Big Issue fiction edition in time for The Reading Hour and help create work for homeless and disadvantaged women. Be quick, orders close 6 August!

Library ad on TV

Library ad on TVA big thank you to the SBS Foundation, which has awarded us with a share of $2 million-worth of free airtime, along with 19  other not-for-profit organisations.  We will be using the opportunity to promote the value of libraries during the National Year of Reading.  Look out for our ad on TV, or go to our website for a sneak preview.

Adult Learners' Week short-story competition

Adult Learners' Week short-story competitionA big thanks too to the Department of Education Employment and Workplace  Relations, which has once again included the short story writing competition 'It's never too late... to learn to read', in its Adult Learners' Week grant funding.  The competition is open until 6 August.  Visit the website to find out more and download posters to promote the competition from our wiki.

Sharing stories of literacy students

Sharing stories of literacy studentsA fuller sense of self, a collection of stories told by adult literacy students, describing  their life and learning, has been distributed to public libraries across Victoria as part of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) role as a partner in the National Year of Reading.  Further copies are available from VALBEC.

Governor-General supports reading

On 4 July, the Burnside Library proudly hosted a visit by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.  The visit was arranged to recognise the National Year of Reading, the role of the Children's Book Council of Australia and the importance of libraries in promoting reading.Governor-General supports reading

Good Reading free online

Good Reading free onlineGood Reading  is giving everyone interested in books and reading free access to their latest magazine online. Just visit our homepage and click on the link.

10 Aussie books to read before you die

The First Tuesday Book Club's search for the 10 Aussie books has already attracted more than 12,000 votes.  Don't be shy, go to the websiteand vote for your favourite.10 Aussie books to read before you die

All Australian Get Reading!

All Australian Get Reading!Our partners at Get Reading! are running the first ever all Australian  50 Books You Can't Put Down campaign, featuring 50 of the year's knockout books by Aussie authors.  Find out more on the website.

Keep writing ... and reading!

Clancy Tucker

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