As the National Year of Reading campaign rolled out across the country, so did an immense amount of goodwill to the libraries of Australia and it highlighted that the importance of libraries and reading isn’t just about entertainment, gaining of knowledge or about individual empowerment.
“It’s about how community engagement and strengthened communities make for a stronger nation.” – Simon Crean (Keynote address: 2012 National Year of Reading legacy event).
When the campaign was launched 12 months ago, it was hoped that it might be possible to run 1000 events. By year’s end that number was pushing 3700 events nationwide.
It has clearly been a phenomenally successful year for libraries and The National Year of Reading proved to be an ideal vehicle to highlight previously unacknowledged aspects of libraries across the community.
The National year of Reading involved not only public libraries, but also state, territory, school, TAFE, University and special libraries. The collaborative nature of the campaign was clearly a highlight of the year with not only libraries working together, but authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers as well. The media coverage generated by the campaign also served to promote books, reading and the importance of literacy at every stage of life.
In order to maximise what has been achieved a new campaign is planned to combine the Love2Read campaign and the Let’s Read National campaign to promote early literacy and reading into communities in the coming year.
The Love2Read logo will continue to be used to identify places where readers will find people who share their love of books; something to read; someone to offer advice about reading; and a space (physical and online) in which to read.
We would like to thank our library contributors for lending their interest and expertise to Curtin Library’s contribution to this year’s campaign. With an extremely big thank you to Associate Professor Martyn Ray for his contributions.
We do hope that you have enjoyed this Year of Reading.
We look forward to the next one.
About the Author
Linda Sheedy is the manager of Flexible Delivery and Lending Services at Curtin Library. Find out more about her here.