Members only club - join your local library

5 August 2021

Libraries are a place of adventure and wonder for kids and adults of all ages.

Image: Ursula Dubosarsky author of over 60 books for children and young adults

Long gone are the days of dusty bookshelves, ancient books and librarians who ‘shhhhh’ you for breathing too loudly. Libraries today are vibrant hubs of activity; places of community and belonging, filled with children’s giggles, songs and storytelling.   The Hook into Books initiative Members Only encourages all people, young and old, to seek out their local libraries and experience these amazing community resources. While you’re there - sign up and reap the wonderful benefits that library membership brings in the quest for literacy for life!  

Ursula Dubosarsky, the 2020/21 Children’s Laureate, and supporter of Hook into Books says:  

"We all want our children become good readers. And the only way to become a good reader is to keep reading.  Every single book we read makes us a better reader. Learning to read is not something we do in the first few years of school, and that’s that. We have to keep reading, our whole lives long.

"That’s why I’m urging every child in Australia to join the library. And to go there regularly, week after week, to set up a lifelong habit of curious, adventurous wide reading. To become readers for life!"

Why join a library?

Personal growth and development  

We know that exposure to a range of rich and developmentally appropriate literature supports literacy growth and brain development. We also know that there is no better place than a library to unlock the literacy potential of your child (or yourself) by the mere act of being surrounded by an abundance of books and other resources. Spending time in your local library may be enough to support your curiosity and learning potential.   

Free Stuff 

Who doesn’t love a freebie? The range of free resources available at most public libraries now may surprise you. Let’s begin with the obvious – books! Membership means that you can borrow all the books your heart desires. Beyond books though, think magazines and newspapers, audiobooks, CD’s and music downloads, DVD’s, and e-book downloads. There are free computers to use where you’ll use free Wi-Fi. There’s also free printing services and access to adult classes such a computer and internet navigation.  

Events and Programs 

This one will be dependent of your local library, however there are common themes that are widely shared. Early years baby storytelling, rhyme time and shared song groups are an example of a program gaining significant traction across the board. Libraries are taking proactive roles in supporting strong literacy foundations for babies and children and supporting parents and carers in their roles as being their child’s first teacher.  

Other events may include author visits, book clubs, reading programs, book week celebrations, poetry circles and media and arts classes. Did we mention that these are usually always FREE and open to children, young people and adults alike. 

So, what are you waiting for? Find your local library here and sign up today! 

Huge thank you to the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) for their support of Hook into Books. The ACLF is a not-for-profit organisation with representation from across the field of children's and young adult literature.  The ACLF's vision is to enrich the lives of young Australians through the power of story. 

Image: Founded in 2008 as the Australian Children's Literature Alliance, the name was changed to Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation in 2018 to clarify the focus of the organisation's work.

Not to be missed

Michelle Worthington, an international award-winning author, screenwriter, business woman and Hook into Book supporter will be launching her first chapter book – Sass and Traz Save the Library, the first of a three part series on International School Library Day Monday 25th October #ISLD2021.  

Hook Into Books!

Supporting Children and Young People to build bright futures through education and learning “Everyday Everyway”.

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