Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Get Reading


I had no idea that 2012 was the National Year of Reading until I saw this display in the foyer of Kogarah library. As the website says:

Nearly half the population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers; follow a recipe; make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. Australian libraries and library associations are behind a campaign to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country. Libraries will be partnering with government, the media, writers, schools, publishers, booksellers, employers, child care providers, health professionals and a whole host of other organisations that share our passion for reading.

5 comments:

AL said...

I am passionate about reading and haven't heard anything about it being the National Year of Reading. Let's hope that those statistics can be changed. WOW! 46% is a huge figure.

Jim said...
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Jim said...

I saw them creating that. :)

Mark said...

There is nothing more important than literacy. Great post Ann.

NixBlog said...

46% of Australians illiterate? That is an amazing statistic, Ann. I thought that Australia was one of the most literate countries in the world. See Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate