Pick up a book for Australian Reading Hour

Published: 11 Sep 2017

If you haven’t picked up a book in a while, Thursday 14 September is the day to make amends.

Cairns Regional Council is participating in the Australian Reading Hour, which aims to reacquaint people of all ages with the joy of books.

Cairns Reading Hour Ambassador Cr Cathy Zeiger said it was easy for reading to take a back seat in busy lives.

“We’re all getting busier and sometimes it can feel like reading is simply too time consuming when there are more important things to be done,” she said.

“But taking time for ourselves is one of the most important tasks there is. Reading a book can relieve stress, boost creativity and literacy and activate your imagination.”

The Australian Reading Hour is an initiative that encourages both adults and children to embrace the benefits of reading for one hour. It aims to encourage people, both young and old to either rediscover their love of reading or introduce them to the joys of storytelling and learning.

Each of Cairns Libraries’ eight library branches will host Reading Hour activities from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Thursday 14 September.

“Come on down to your nearest library branch, pick up a book and join in a group read or just find a quiet spot to read to yourself.

“There will be some special extended reading spaces set up for the occasion with themes like campfires and cubby houses.”

“The Australian Reading Hour’s premise is simple,” Cr Zeiger said. “This Thursday, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. It’s that easy.”

For more information on Australian Reading Hour, visit www.readinghour.org.au; or check out individual branches for upcoming activities.

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Last updated: 11 September 2017