National Year of Reading Wrap-up

NYR FlowerIt’s been a jam-packed, busy and inspirational National Year of Reading 2012, but we finally made it!  With hundreds of successful projects, programs and events  throughout the year, it has truly been an amazing year for reading.

One of the National Year of Reading 2012’s goals was to encourage people to re-visit the library.  This has been very successful with many libraries reporting increased rates of membership growth.  A centralised, coherent campaign organised by The Library Agency on behalf of the Founding Partners has seen a sensational calendar of events.  Publicity was strong, marketing public libraries to the nation.

Libraries all around Australia have embraced the National Year of Reading’s goals, with events and membership drives encouraging people to get in touch with their local community hub.


The National Year of Reading has changed people in different ways.  For me, it has been a year of inspiration.  The many submissions to my Love2ReadTV project from authors, librarians and storytellers alike has been very inspirational.  It has been lovely and inspiring to receive videos from many published authors, who have managed to squeeze time out of their incredibly busy schedules to film a message for the project, celebrating the National Year of Reading 2012.  For librarians, these videos may be useful for promoting library services in future.  For readers, they are a great way to meet the people who pen the books they read.  It has truly been an amazing and rewarding project to produce, and I would like to sincerely thank all the participants for their support.  >See Love2ReadTV

Moving forward, I think the National Year of Reading 2012 has really just been a starting point for many more initiatives and projects to come.  This year, the NSW Readers Advisory has run a WordPress blog with musings, thoughts and reviews. >See

Next year, the NSW Readers Advisory will run a WordPress blog called Read Watch Play to explore not only reading (read), but movies (watch) and games (play).  >See

I have also noticed lots of notable librarian blogs this year, including this one: >See 


With Love2ReadTV now completed, I hope the videos from many librarians and authors will serve as a useful resource for librarians and educators alike.  I hope readers continue to visit the website to meet the authors behind the books.  It’s a great way to share the joy of reading with all.

The Love2Read brand and logo will continue into 2013, as we move into an exciting year ahead.  Posters and resources on this blog will continue to be made available.  For more information, visit

Thank you for your support this year, and I hope you enjoyed my National Year of Reading project, Love2ReadTV.  I’d love to hear your feedback and comments, so please feel free to drop me a line.


Best wishes,

Timothy Chan

Friend of the National Year of Reading



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