National Year of Reading 2012

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Chrissie Swan Launches 2015 Reading Hour with Special Family Story Time at Toorak Library

During the official Reading Hour of 6pm-7pm on August 18 hundreds of reading events will take place simultaneously across the country in libraries, schools, community centres, businesses and homes. 

The Reading Hourwas introduced by the Love 2 Read library program in 2012 to raise awareness of how easy it is to develop a life-long love of reading and all the benefits that come with it.

Chrissie Swan was the perfect choice for the National Ambassador role. “Reading has always been so important to me and when I had kids, books were an integral part of the time we spent together. I read to each of my kids at least once a day and now my eldest is reading by himself at night which is a real thrill for both of us! I always tell my kids, only the smartest people know you can never be bored or lonely if you have access to a simple book.”

Chrissie is a radio and TV broadcaster, and is also an author, columnist and fashion label ambassador. She has been an ambassador for CARE Australia since 2010. In 2011, she was a Gold Logie nominee and Silver Logie winner. In 2013, Chrissie launched her own plus-sized fashion range and published her first book, Is It Just Me? Confessions of an Over-Sharer. Her most recent work includes I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, a guest spot on the Fox FM breakfast show with Fifi and Dave, and writing for the Herald Sun Magazine. Chrissie’s latest project is co-hosting The Great Australian Spelling Bee with side-kick Grant Denyer.

The Reading Houris an ongoing annual initiative and resource, supporting libraries and the wider community in working toward the shared goal of libraries and their partners helping to lift literacy rates and Australia becoming a nation of readers. The Reading Hour initiative reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives.

Although the official Reading hour event will take place Tuesday 18 August nationwide, the hour of reading can be celebrated anytime, anywhere during the week of The Reading Hour.

Driven by Australian libraries, The Reading Hour raises the status and visibility of reading and literacy nationwide, promotes the benefits of reading and storytelling as critical life skills and catalysts for wellbeing, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers.

The Reading Hour National Ambassador, Chrissie Swan and Project Director Cheryl Akle are now available for interview. Contact or call 0419 241 399 to arrange.

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