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The Reading Hour 2016


the reading hour

The annual Reading Hour aims at encouraging families to spend time reading with each other.

Although the 16th of August from 6 – 7pm is nominated as the specific time and date for Reading Hour 2016 and some families and groups will choose to read for an hour together the intention is not to put extra pressure on people with their already busy lives – the Reading Hour aims to spread the simple message, ‘Share a book for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week, and give the gift of reading’. 

The benefits of reading are multiple and the earlier the reading habit starts the better.  This infographic spells out some of the benefits of reading.

Benefits of Reading

From Lifehacker Australia, 4 January 2016

ReadingHour ambassador 2016
Magda Szubanski– one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, is the National Ambassador for 2016. Magda Szubanski has a background in comedy, appearing on several sketch shows including Kath & Kim as Sharon Strzelecki.  

Her first book Reckoning recently won the Indie Award for Non-Fiction, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and both Biography and Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards!

I especially recommend the audiobook version which is narrated by Magda Szubanski herself.  Get it out as a Talking Book or download it to your PC, tablet, iPad or smartphone from Borrowbox.

So, now you know about Reading Hour and why reading is good for you, what are you going to read?  We asked around the office and here are some replies :

Patricia – 4 books total (2 per child) – 6 year old: 1 x home reader (Kindergarten student), 1 x Pokemon Book (2 chapters of a chapter book) | 4 year old: 2 pre-schooler books usually a Dr Seuss, fairy-tale or ABC book  

Geoff – I am reading The Goblet of Fire to my daughter so will have to do an hour session tonight! She will be happy, when we finish a book we watch the movie the following weekend.

Happy Reading Hour!


The effects of reading a book

I found this on the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog and thought you’d all find it interesting.

(Click on the image to make it larger and easier to read.)


I found this on the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog and he’d found it on a site called Compound Interest where, as well as this infographic, there is a detailed explanation of why books smell like they do wherever they are in their lifecycles.

I thought it was interesting to anyone else like me who loves the smell of books.


Which species of reader are you?

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Another book sculpture gifted “in support of libraries, books, words, ideas”

Ed book sculpture 

Another beautiful, intricate book sculpture has been left in Edinburgh, this time at Leith Library.

The book sculptures started appearing in various places around Edinburgh in 2011. They were left with the message: ‘in support of books, libraries, words, ideas’.  To this day the identity of the enormously gifted sculptor remains unknown. The sculptures are dotted around the town in the places they were originally left – The National Library, Edinburgh Central Library, The Scottish Poetry Library and The Scottish Storytelling Centre.

In early May I had the great pleasure of spending a day in Edinburgh visiting as many of the previously gifted book sculptures as I could. They are truly beautiful and so clever and I highly recommend you take the time to see them if you head that way yourself (it’ll get you out of the less beautiful Scottish weather if nothing else).
The Scottish Poetry Library website has photos of more book sculptures and a map you can use to locate them. Fortunately most are on, or just off, The Royal Mile so you can incorporate your visits into your touristy day easily.
Previous posts on the Edinburgh book sculptures can be read here and here.

Fun with Books

Organizing the Bookcase by Sean Ohlenkamp

Poetry in motion!

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