The Australian Reading Hour

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. 

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.

Fast Facts and FAQs:

Download our Australian Reading Hour Fast Facts and Frequently Asked Questions information sheets to share and use in your communications.

Background

In 2012, Australian libraries and library associations came together behind the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.
 
There were more than 4,000 events, $5.6 million in in-kind support, $26 million-worth of media coverage, much of it highlighting the fact that nearly half the population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers; follow a recipe; make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. 
 
Following on from the success of the campaign, the 15 founder partners decided to carry forward the Love2read brand into 2013, making the most of the momentum that had been created during the National Year of Reading.