ALIA is committed to championing the importance of reading throughout 2021 through the Australia Reads campaign. As a founder organiser of the initiative, ALIA will be supporting the promotion of reading to increase the number of Australians reading, and the frequency with which they read. The much-loved Australian Reading Hour will remain as the signature celebration event and will be held nationally on Thursday 16 September 2021.
In 2012, Australian libraries and library associations came together behind 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. There were more than 4,000 events, $5.6 million in in-kind support, $26 million-worth of media coverage, much of it highlighting the fact that 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.
Following on from the success of the campaign, the 15 founder partners decided to carry forward the Love2read brand into 2013, making the most of the momentum that had been created during the National Year of Reading. In 2017, ALIA and book industry partners broadened the campaign into the Australian Reading Hour. By 2020 it had become Australia Reads, a two-week extended period incorporating the Australian Reading Hour, and there was a special Australia Reads At Home campaign mid-year for people in COVID-19 lockdown.
This page is accurate as of 4 February 2021 and will be updated as needed