Australian Reading hour

Grenfell Librarian Erica Kearnes reads to pre-schoolers during Australian Reading Hour.
Grenfell Librarian Erica Kearnes reads to pre-schoolers during Australian Reading Hour.

On Thursday September 14 thousands of Australians took time out to read for an hour. They might have done it on their own, with family and friends, or by participating in one of the hundreds of events in libraries across Australia. Grenfell Library’s Erica Kearnes was delighted to be part of the campaign and enjoyed a special visit by the Pre-school for story time.

Grenfell librarian Erica Kearnes said, “Australians say reading is their number one enjoyable leisure activity and research shows that reading reduces stress by 68%. It works faster than listening to music, going for a walk, or enjoying a cup of team. Of course, reading not only makes us feel good, it’s also an important life skill. Grenfell library runs reading-related activities all year round, including children’s activities, Summer Reading Club and National Simultaneous Story time, but the Australian Reading Hour is an event that everyone can take part in. It’s for all ages and all interests, and you can do it at any time of the day or night.”

Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read. Run by ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance between 2012 and 2016; 2017’s Australian Reading Hour was supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.