National Year of Reading wrapup event

November 16, 2012 – 1:42 pm

On Monday 12 November I was very fortunate to attend the legacy event for the National Year of Reading, held at the National Library of Australia, where the National Year of Reading was launched way back in February this year.

Did you know that organisers expected/planned for about 1000 events over the year, but in reality, there were over 3700 events across Australia?


* Hearing the Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce declare that every year should be the year of reading!

Her Excellency, The Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce

Her Excellency, The Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce

* Listening to The Hon. Simon Crean, Minister for the Arts urge us to lobby for more funding for reading and literacy from all governments!  Cutting investment in the arts is cutting investment in the future of Australia. I liked that Simon Crean talked about libraries not just as places for entertainment and knowledge but as communities.

* Seeing and listening Alison Lester 🙂 . Alison Lester is one of the National Ambassadors for NYR.  My kids grew up on ‘Are we there yet?’ ‘Tessa snaps snakes’ and ‘Celeste sails to Spain’, so it was great to see that Alison is every bit as wonderful as her books! It was also fantastic to see and hear Frank Moorhouse and Robyn Archer.

* ACU Library mentioned as one of the few academic libraries that carried the banner for NYR.

ACU Library mentioned in overview of NYR by organisers

* Spending the afternoon thinking about the future. The Love2Read daisy logo is known. How can we support Love2Read after 2012? As the NYR website says – watch this space!


Kate Bunker



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