National Year of Reading Launch

cyl_nyrYesterday across Australia the National Year of Reading was launched.  We here at CYL were lucky enough to celebrate this year long celebration with a launch at the State Library of Victoria.

The launch was graced with the presence of Bernard Salt (demographer) who spoke about the breakdown of literacy across Australia and specifically Victoria.  He pinpointed areas of low literacy as well as high volunteering that could be targeting in terms of an effective NYR strategy for libraries and schools.

The second speaker, Henk Kraima, flew all the way from Holland to speak about his role in the strategies that were initiated to heighten the role of reading and therefore literacy in his home country.  One of my favourites was the ‘free train ride for readers’, an annual day where buying a book or borrowing one from the library enables you free public transport in Holland.

CYL is firmly ingrained in the NYR with the Read This! competition that launches on March 1st.   Read This! branches off from the Creative Reading Prize to become a nation wide contest to create something (in any medium) that promotes a YA book.  Prizes will amount to $40,000 for state (individual and group) winners.

The website will go live on March 1st – www.readthis2012.com.au but information can be found here in the meantime.

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