Rediscover a love for reading

Published: 19 Sep 2019

Pack your lunch, grab a book and head to Bluewater Quay to rediscover the benefits of reading.

Today (Thursday 19), Australians across the country are being encouraged to pick up a book and read for one hour on their own or with the children in their life as part of the Australian Reading Hour.

Cr Fran Mann said it was important that we all took the time to learn, escape and relax from the daily stresses of our everyday lives.

“Reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68 per cent more than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea,” she said.

“In children, reading helps to identify formation, setting them up for success in the future.

“The aim of Reading Hour is to encourage everyone to rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading.”

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are encouraging local city centre workers and families to join in on the Australian Reading Hour tomorrow during their lunch break, any time from 11.30am to 2pm.

The special Reading Hour event will be held at the Bluewater Quay on River Street – bring your lunch and relax while reading and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine.

Cr Mann said for those who want to take part and don’t have time to pick up a book before Thursday, the Libraries’ Outreach Team will have a selection of books available for you to read on the day.

“Our Library Services encompasses five branches and one mobile library,” she said

“More than ever our libraries are accessible to residents, with fines now removed and extended opening hours added.

“If it has been a while since you visited your local library, I encourage you to take the time and reconnect with this wonderful resource at your fingertips.”

Did you know... Reading a bedtime story six days a week can put kids almost a year ahead when they start school.

To learn more about your local library and the wide range of resources available, visit council's website.