Be part of Australia’s biggest celebration of books and reading
  • Friday 01 September 2017
ImageTo celebrate Australian Reading Hour, Sunshine Coast Libraries, in partnership with The Smith Family, invite families to attend Stories under the Stars at Maroochydore Library from 6-7pm on Thursday, September 14.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s libraries were encouraging residents and visitors to join thousands of Australians across Australia to take time to read for just one hour.

“To get into the spirit, we invite people to bring their children, a blanket and torch to a special storytime session under the Cottonwood tree outside Maroochydore Library,” Cr McKay said.

”Our libraries run reading related activities all year round, including book clubs, children’s storytime, author events and National Simultaneous Storytime, but Australian Reading Hour on September 14 is the one event that everyone can take part in and have fun at the same time.

“It’s for all ages and all interests, and you can do it at any time of the day or night.

“If you can’t join us at the library, come in and borrow a book to take home with you for later.
“Australians say reading is their number one enjoyable leisure activity and research shows that reading reduces stress by 68%.

“It works faster than listening to music, going for a walk, or enjoying a cup of team. Of course, reading not only makes us feel good, it’s also an important life skill.”

This is a free event, including free face painting, however bookings are required. For more details, visit your local Sunshine Coast Library in person or visit council’s library website.

Background information
The Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read. The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour. The 2017 campaign promises to be bigger and better, by building on the success of previous years. Run by ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance between 2012 and 2016, 2017’s Australian Reading Hour is supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. For more information about the Australian Reading Hour, visit