Libraries support Chief Scientist's #StorytimePledge

Friday 15 December 2017, Canberra: ALIA is supporting the Chief Scientist's Storytime Pledge, launched on 14 December 2017, asking people to read a book to a child this holiday season. ALIA has produced a poster for libraries and graphics for website and social media posts, available to download from the website.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, "This is a wonderful initiative by our Chief Scientist and makes the point that you can't have a successful STEM agenda without having children who can read and write. Basic literacy is the essential building block.

"We encourage libraries and library professionals across Australia to get behind this campaign; to take the pledge both personally and professionally; and to add @alianational to their pledge posts so we can show the level of library support for this campaign."

Australia's 1500 public libraries run 121,000 storytimes every year, attracting more than three million participants. They also contribute to the STEM agenda and to the digital economy.

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

Contact:  Brendan Eichholzer, Publishing and Communications Coordinator | brendan.eichholzer@alia.org.au| 02 6215 8222

Released
Friday 15 December 2017 9:45am