Start a lifetime of reading

MAKING READING FUN: Storytime at Tamworth City Library is always fun, with librarian Narelle Lightfoot engaging children with puppets and other props, as she tells a story to the littlies. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 060815GOD01STAFF at your local library believe Australia’s critically-low literacy rate can be hit for a six in just 10 minutes a day.

It’s simple: By sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, one hour a week, you can give them the gift of reading, Central Northern Regional Library youth and outreach services librarian Katey Allwell says.

To highlight how easy it is, the annual Reading Hour celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 18 between 6pm and 7pm.

“Hundreds of celebrations will be happening in libraries, schools, businesses and homes around the country,” Ms Allwell said.

This annual event began as part of the National Year of Reading in 2012, and has now rolled into the ongoing initiative Love2Read.

The Reading Hour aims to raise awareness of how easy it is to help children develop a life-long love of reading and all the benefits associated with it – 10 minutes a day really can change a child’s life forever, she said.

“The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents and caregivers that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives,” Ms Allwell said.

“If you can manage only 10 minutes a day from an early age, you will still give your child the best chance of becoming a good reader, along with all the social and educational benefits that brings.

“And the beauty of reading books is that it’s like taking a bath – once you’re in, you just don’t want to get out!”

Central Northern Regional Library branches are inviting families to join in a casual evening of fun, including stories and craft, to celebrate the joys and benefits ofreading.

It is a free community event for everyone to enjoy.

For details of your local Reading Hour event, visit the Central Northern Regional Library website at 梧桐夜网cnl. nsw.gov419论坛 or simply contact your local library branch.

As well as the free events on offer at participating Central Northern Regional Library branches, families can participate by downloading and sharing delightful interactive children’s ebooks for free via Central Northern Regional Library’s Borrowbox app.

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