AS nearly half the population of Australia struggles with literacy skills to meet even the most basic demands in everyday life such as following a recipe or understanding the instructions on a medicine bottle, the Australian government as well as community groups, media and commercial partners are working in conjunction with libraries on a campaign designed to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading.
As inspirational programs and events begin to take place across the country the Goulburn Valley Regional Library (GVRL) are getting involved in a big way, developing a year long program for everyone to participate in. Themed ‘Get Caught Reading’ the program is seeking submissions in the form of digital photography depicting readers being captured reading and aims to see entries from both adults and children, with prizes awarded to winning entrants as well as voters.
GVRL Children and Youth Services Programs Coordinator, Anne Tomietto told The Adviser the National Year of Reading is about looking at literature in different ways.
“We are joining in the campaign because we are passionate about getting people involved in reading books, we like this to be a recreation activity for all to get involved in and recommend people to come along to programs throughout the year and join in.
“Libraries are about community engagement and the photographic competition is to help support community literacy and further involve people in reading through a theatrical approach,” Ms Tomietto said.
Entries can be emailed to [email protected] and must be received by December 1,
2012 and can be viewed and voted for at www.gvrl.vic.gov.au