Tasmania Reads Week comes to Glenorchy

4 April 2023|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Tasmania Reads Week comes to Glenorchy|

Schools, libraries, authors, booksellers, publishers and community groups celebrated Tasmania Reads Week (5-11 March) by reading in fun and meaningful ways.

The Glenorchy Reads on the Lawn event featured activities for
all ages and reading capabilities, including stories through dance with Leroy Heart and mob, various author talks, a book swap and story time for children.

‘We Love Country’ co- author Kylie Dickson read her book – which helps children to understand and value Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures – to more than 100 prep students on the day.

“As parents and grandparents, we need to be aware that we are the first teachers of our children,” Ms Dickson said.

“Our focus at Aboriginal Education Services and Libraries Tasmania is to show children that there can be a lot of enjoyment from reading and the learning that you get from that reading.

“We hope that Aboriginal children seeing themselves in books opens up a whole new world for them.”

Libraries Tasmania executive director Sue McKerracher said more than 70 events were held across Tasmania over the seven days, making it the largest statewide campaign to date.

“We talk a lot about the literacy problems in the state and it’s very important that we address this issue while also recognising the joy of reading,” she said.

“Reading needs to begin from an early age, and if we can get parents and carers to realise that reading with babies is a really important for development we will see big changes.”

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