Council throws support behind National Year of Reading
December 22, 2011
Australian public libraries and library associations have joined together to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together many of the great programs concerning books, reading and literacy.
Getting on board this exciting year of activity, Shoalhaven City Council will be running a number of projects throughout 2012 to help highlight the impact local libraries and reading can have on the community.
Some of the programs include outreach work with those who are traditionally disconnected to libraries.
This will see Library staff visiting the area’s Nursing Homes and Oolong House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, among other groups and organisations in the Shoalhaven to help illustrate the value of reading.
Further to this, each parent who has a baby at Shoalhaven Hospital throughout 2012 will receive an information pack highlighting the benefits of reading to children from a very young age.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said the National Year of Reading provided an opportunity to promote the many benefits that reading and public libraries provide.
"A lot of people may be surprised at the impact reading can have on people's lives," said Clr Green.
"It is a sad reality that large portions of the Australian population are semi or totally illiterate.
"Public libraries, like those throughout the Shoalhaven, play a major role in promoting early childhood literacy development by providing free access to all types of reading resources."
“Shoalhaven Libraries are running a number of projects and promotions to coincide with the National Year of Reading including monthly themes, displays, storytimes, book clubs and outreach programs.”
“I would encourage all local residents to get behind this fantastic initiative and support the National Year of Reading in 2012.”