Posts Tagged ‘National Year of Reading 2012’

If you’re a Book Person – tell the world!

Promoted by RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and Library of Congress, the Book People Unite website tells us what we already know:  Books open new worlds and unlock new doors…..   Declare your belief in the transformative power of books by encouraging friends to join the movement!

Tell everyone you know to read, read, and read some more!

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The National Year of Reading is about reading anything, anytime, anywhere!

So the next time you are trying to think about what, when or where to get ‘turned on to reading’ don’t forget about the fantastic, free resource readily available to us all – our Public Libraries!

  1. Public Libraries are by far the most heavily used community agencies in Australia: More than half the population are Public Library members, who make over 130 million visits a year to local Public Libraries. Not a member yet?  Stop by your local Public Library tomorrow to join up.  It’s free!
  2. Public Libraries are the only community places that provide open and free access to the Internet, and increasingly Wifi, for everyone.  It’s not unusual to see every terminal in use and many accessing the wifi when you visit your local library.  Be sure to book a terminal in advance to secure your spot.
  3. Public Libraries are about learning.  They play a critical role in the delivery of educational services and lifelong learning for all in Australia, including immigrants and refugees. They provide homework support for students, support for home-schooled students and their parents, research help with legal, health and job-related needs, access to a very large range of informational databases, as well as classes and one-to-one programs to help seniors and others capitalise on new technologies.
  4. Public Libraries typically have substantial IT infrastructure and expertise – in physical plant and hardware, networking and software licences as well as skilled and knowledgeable librarians – to help make immediate use of great improvements, which the National Broadband Network promises to bring to the online experiences of all Australians.
  5. Public Libraries are among the most trusted and safest of community destinations, the most heavily used and valued partnerships of state and local governments, and are the most heavily visited parts of council websites.
  6. Public Libraries – from substantial international and Australian research – represent a tremendous economic value with an outstanding return on investment (ROI) of between $4 and $8 for every dollar invested in them. Public Library membership is a valuable commodity.  Don’t miss out.  Act now by joining, visiting and supporting your local Public Library!
Points above have been adapted, with permission, from Six reasons why public libraries should be the first stop on the NBN’s roll out.

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I’ve been a fan of Dolly Parton for as many years as I can remember.  I just love her voice and the way she presents.  Her personality is so incredibly infectious.

So when I recently learned about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library my admiration of her grew tenfold!  Currently operating in The United States, Canada and The United Kingdom, I was fascinated to read details on the ‘How it works’ page of the Imagination Library website – a program which aims to put a new age approrpirate book every month into the hands of children under the age of five.  What an initiative!

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s financial situation.

So she decided to give a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County and send it directly to their home via post. With the arrival of every child’s first book, he or she could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their letterbox. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive a special “graduation” book.

An article in the West Australian online news thewest reported on the possibility that the Imagination Library is to be extended to Australia:

On a more serious note, Parton said she is hoping to extend her Imagination Library charity project handing out millions of free books to pre-school children to communities in Australia.

“We’re searching that out and meeting with people,” the 65-year-old said without offering more details.

How very exciting!

Fresh from two inspiring talks last week about intitiatives being explored by the National Year of Reading 2012, I can’t help wondering if anyone from NYOR has been approached or been in touch with those travelling with Dolly Parton.   With her tour of Australia just about to commence, getting an Australian Imagination Library underway could be a wonderful ‘icing’ on the cake for NYOR organizers!

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