The Australian Library and Information Association’s Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read for one hour on Thursday, 14 September, 2017.
We have a huge week of events leading up to the Australian Reading Hour. Senator Linda Reynolds and Graham Perret MP will be launching the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers at Parliament House on Tuesday evening, and Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, Mem Fox and Matt Stanton will be launching ARH at Parliament House on Wednesday morning. Then we can all celebrate ARH together on Thursday.
The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour. This year’s campaign promises to be bigger and better, by building on the success of the previous Reading Hours. Run by ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance between 2012-2016; 2017’s Australian Reading Hour is supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, and the Copyright Agency.
The organisers of the Australian Reading Hour will soon announce celebrity ambassadors for children and adults to inspire participation. Libraries are invited to choose their own local ambassador, whether they be a librarian, author, or councillor to read with the public on the day, at the nominated hour.
Everything you need to know about the event, including registration and fun downloadable resources can be found on our website. Register, download resources, organise a reader, choose an Australian book, and celebrate the joy of reading!
ALIA acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for supporting this project.
Resources for libraries
The Reading Hour produces some great resources for libraries which are available to download. These include posters which can be displayed, and the logo which can be turned into booksmarks or stickers, badging the reading-related activities and promoting them.
Download a template news release for your local media here.
Download template copy for school and community newsletters here.
Download the logo here.
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