Australian authors are watching bookshops close and sales plummet. They're going to do it tough for some time, but libraries can help. Many library buildings have closed (even though we’re still open 24/7 for digital services). While the doors are shut, take the opportunity to weed the collection, but don’t wait to refill those empty spaces. Let’s support Australian readers and authors by seeding public and school libraries with new print books for when our spaces reopen.
Australia Reads, of which ALIA is a founder organiser, is a great way to remain engaged with your patrons and encourage them to read while they're at home. Check out the website to see how you can get involved.
Online author events
ALIA recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian writers and illustrators, who have lost paid work during this time. Many are now focusing on engaging their audiences online, and so ALIA has created a page where libraries can connect with writers and illustrators for online programming for their communities. We’d love to see more listed on this page - if you have already worked with writers to deliver online programs, we encourage you to have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can add their details to the listing.