THE State Library of Queensland is joining forces with libraries across the country with today's launch of the National Year of Reading.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said Australian's were uniting during the National Year of Reading to reinforce that reading can change peoples' lives.
"This collaborative initiative organised by all State and Territory Libraries, public library associations, and the Australian Library and Information Association, is an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading.
"We want people to discover, or possibly rediscover the magic of books and encourage a reading culture in every home.
"Literacy is the key to our future and is vitally important to accessing education and employment and participating productively in society.
"That's why, here in Queensland, we are committed to giving Queensland children a flying start in life and providing them with the foundations to build strong literacy and numeracy skills," Ms Bligh said.
"A strong foundation in education means our children will be able to grab every opportunity with both hands, locking in a bright future for them and our State.
"That's why we are reforming education by through our "Flying Start" program, by introducing Prep, moving Year 7 into high school and undertaking major school rebuilding program.
"The National Year of Reading builds on all of these initiatives to put literacy and numeracy in the spotlight," the Premier said.
"The United Kingdom's version of the National year of Reading, which ran in 2008, resulted in 23,000 more boys taking part in their Summer Reading Challenge and also achieved 2.3 million new public library members."
The State Library will also participate in Australia-wide National Year of Reading programs including:
- The Reading Hour on 25 August 2012 - a central call to action encouraging reading
- Public library membership drive from May to August
- National Year of Reading in the workplace program will see writers-in-residence in organisations around Australia
- One Country Reading - favourite books for adults, teens, and children
For more information about National Year of Reading events: www.love2read.org.au
For the State Library of Queensland's literacy framework click here.
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