Yesterday I went to the official launch for the National Year of Reading website. The National Year oif Reading is a great initiative and one that was supported by the recommendations that came from the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher-librarians in 21st Century Australia (May 2011).
The event was held at Bialik College (Hawthorn). We began by using various spaces in their spacious new library. The hosts were very gracious and the guest speakers were great ambassadors. Alison Lester, author of ‘Are We There Yet?‘ the book chosen for the NYR 2012, worked with some budding young writers and Hazel Edwards, author of the picture book classic ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’, had story time with a group of wonderful (and very small/young) students. Thanks
After these sessions, and a group photo, we moved into the theatre to hear from William McInnes, patron for NYR 2012, who spoke about reading to students and guests who came from all sections of the library community. He was a very amusing speaker and he also agreed to many interviews and photo shoots.
Also included in the day was an announcement by Mary Delahunty of the winners of the Adult Learners’ Week short story writing competition. Some of the writers were also present on the day and I had a chance to speak to them and their love of writing and reading was very evident. You can find the winners and their stories here.
The National Year of Reading gives all of us some great opportunities to celebrate reading and most of us don’t need much of an excuse to do that. Have a look at the site for ideas, events and projects. There are many things on the site already and more will be added.
Thank you to the Sue McKerracher and the NYR 2012 team for the organising such a great day of celebration and fun, and also David Feighan and his staff at Bialik College for hosting this event especially in their new BER school library.