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Year of Reading begins
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14/02/2012

Wollongong City Libraries will launch the National Year of Reading on Tuesday 14 February with a pop-up outdoor reading library in Civic Plaza.

The space outside the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre will be turned into a chill-out reading space for the day. Everyone is encouraged to stop, pick out a book or magazine to read and stay for a while. You don’t have to register or have a library membership card to join in.

The pop-up outdoor reading space is just one of the activities on offer at Wollongong City Libraries to mark the start of a year in which libraries, educators and literacy groups across the country will be putting the spotlight on the ways that reading can unlock doors and enrich lives.

“I’m so excited about the pop-up outdoor reading room. It’s something different for the city and the sort of event you’d read about happening in London, New York or Sydney,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said.

“It’s a great way to launch the National Year of Reading – an event I wholeheartedly support as it’s about encouraging people to read more, to find ways to reduce illiteracy among adults in Australia, and encourage parents to read to their kids.’’

There will be events across all Wollongong City Libraries on 14 February. These events include a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Storytime at Warrawong library from 11am, Storytime for Children at Corrimal Library at 10.30am and a variety of month-long competitions. For more details of all the activities, check out the library page on the Council website.

“Even if you can’t make one of our National Year of Reading events on 14 February, I’d encourage everyone to visit their local library sometime in 2012,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“We’ve got so much going on in our libraries and they offer so much more than a place to borrow books. Just recently, our libraries launched an app, Library Anywhere, which allows people to reserve books while they’re out and about, and there are other exciting developments like e-audiobooks and free music to download. It’s well worth taking a fresh look at your library.’’

Did you know?  In 2011, Wollongong Central Libraries:

  • Lent 1,412,744 books, magazines and DVDs
  • Welcomed 7,369 new members, bringing the grand total of members to about 60,000 active members
  • Added 54,478 new items to the collection
  • The collection is now worth approximately $2 million
Issued By the Council's Media Team
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