The Reading Hour –25 August 2012
Join us from 6pm to 7pm in the Library at the
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba for The Reading Hour.
You bring your book, we’ll supply the finger food.
The Reading Hour is part of the National Year of Reading Love to Read campaign aimed at encouraging Australians to discover or rediscover a love of books and Reading.
Margaret Allen, chair of the National Year of Reading founders and State Library of WA, explained, “The Reading Hour itself is for everyone and there will be activities for all age groups, but there will be a special message for families. The phrase ’10 minutes a day, an hour a week’ is our ‘slip, slop, slap’. It’s the take away message that we hope will become the accepted norm. We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if they can manage 10 minutes most nights, their child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. Most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it’s not enough to assume that children will learn to read when they get to school. Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.”
For those of you who can’t make it to the Carrington for The Reading Hour you can have your own reading hour (and a lovely peaceful one perhaps) and read at home, or on the way home, for that hour. Each Blue Mountains Library branch will have an empty book case and some book spine bookmarks on which you can write which book you read during The Reading Hour.