Thursday, 24 November 2011

National Year of Reading 2012

"Those who say 'you only live once' have never read a book."
- John Hughes

2012 is the National Year of Reading:

"The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers.

Nearly half our population can’t read with any fluency. It’s a shameful and worrying statistic. We have identified four goals which will help us to turn Australia into a nation of readers and encourage a reading culture in every home. Next year will see a whole heap of amazing, fun, reading activities taking place around Australia and online, so people of all ages, from different backgrounds, can discover and rediscover the joy of reading."

Find out more at:

Our Story is part of the National Year of Reading. You can vote online for one of the eight books that best reflects what WA is all about at:
or you can pop in at the Geraldton Regional Library and cast a paper vote.

Geraldton Regional Library will be promoting reading as part of the National Year of Reading program. As John Hughes, one of the Friends of the National Year of Reading says:

"Those who say ‘you only live once’, have never read a book. Reading is the only way you can be someone else while remaining yourself. No one can do this unaided, purely by imagination. But when the words are in your head, then the imagination can take you anywhere. That’s why I support the National Year of Reading. Because no other activity can transport you in this way, because nothing else sparks the imagination like a word."

Why not give reading a go, discover something new and get inspired? The Library has a huge collection, including the Local Studies Collection. If we haven't got an item you want to borrow in stock, we may be able to get it for you through our Inter Library Loan system.
Those who already read a lot, why not try something new? I have decided to expand my views and read some crime, romance and maybe westerns next year - at least one book of each genre!

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