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6pm, August 16

About the reading hour

The Reading Hour is one of the most celebrated annual reading initiatives in Australia, and supports individuals, families and communities to discover and rediscover the joy of reading.

The Reading Hour emerged from the National Year of Reading 2012, and is an ongoing campaign from Love2Read, funded by the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance and in partnership with the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

The Reading Hour reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives, but rather encourages the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mantra, building a foundation in society whereby reading is a gift, given freely.

Although we do nominate a specific time, for 2016 it's the 16th of August from 6 - 7pm, you can hold events to celebrate The Reading Hour anytime during that week. Contact us if you're interested in holding an event for The Reading Hour 2016, and we'll look at partnering you with a local author from your area.

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The Reading Hour is made possible thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors.


The Reading Hour 2016!