The Reading Hour

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6-7 pm Tuesday 16 August 2016

Reading can be incredibly fun and rewarding no matter how old you are.

Sharing a book with your child, ten minutes a day, an hour a week will help prepare them success later in life. As an adult, reading can offer work-life balance, improve analytical thinking, and give you a better understanding of the world.

The Reading Hour aims to promote and celebrate the joy of reading in all its forms. Take a look below for ideas, and check out our toolkit for logos and information to help you celebrate.

The Reading Hour is for everyone, from babies to adults

  • Read for pleasure!
  • Visit the library and borrow a book, or use the library website to download an eBook.
  • Participate in reading-related activities.
  • Use our ideas for inspiration, and your own creativity, to organise your own event or do something special for The Reading Hour. We encourage you to share photos of your activities on the Libraries ACT Facebook page so everyone can enjoy them (remember to tag them #readinghour).
  • Follow the Libraries ACT Facebook page and get reading recommendations from our staff book reviews.

Easy ways to celebrate and support The Reading Hour - Ideas for inspiration

  • Read for pleasure - you can get book suggestions by asking library staff or browsing our book-related eResources.
  • Read with your children.
  • Gather your family together to read recipes and cook a delicious meal.
  • Post online about books and reading - what you're reading now, favourite books and authors, what you remember reading as a child, where you enjoy reading, how reading has influenced your life (remember to tag social media posts with #readinghour) - or post a #readingselfie
  • Promote reading in your newsletters and emails. Create your own message or article using the key messages above, or the articles and information on our website.
  • Brand existing events as The Reading Hour events by using The Reading Hour logo in any publicity, advertising or marketing materials.
  • Organise an event in the days leading up to The Reading Hour, or on the day itself.
  • Run a book or reading-related trivia quiz for staff.
  • Host a cookbook event – share food, cookbooks and favourite recipes.
  • Talk about reading at work – in person, in a newsletter, on your website, Facebook and Twitter (use #readinghour to tag social media posts).
  • Include a book review or book recommendations in newsletters or on your website.
  • Hold a lunchtime or after work book discussion.
  • Host a ‘read-in’ at your workplace, school, local library or another venue.
  • Set up a second-hand book exchange bookshelf.
  • Invite an author or other guest speaker to talk at a staff meeting.
  • Ask staff to share a motivational article with colleagues at a staff meeting.
  • Make a book trailer.
  • Create a poetry wall and encourage people to add their favourite poem for others to read.
  • Visit the library and borrow a book, or download an eBook, eAudio or digital magazine using our free eResources.
  • Participate in The Reading Hour events
  • Go to regular story times at your local library.
  • Add The Reading Hour logo to your website and link to The Reading Hour website.
  • Include a ‘Currently reading’ tagline in your email signature block.
  • Give a book or book voucher as a gift.

For more information visit The Reading Hour website or Love2Read Facebook page

Visit our programs and events page for more information about what's on at your local library.