On Thursday 20 September, all Australians are encouraged to put down what they are doing and pick up a book to read for at least one hour.
Judy Nunn, writer, actor and Australian Reading Hour Ambassador, says, ‘The worlds, characters and emotions, created by a good book is unrivalled; it is a perfect escape from the everyday.’
There are many benefits to reading, including reducing stress, enabling us to see as others and how others live, and building empathy.
Research has shown that reading can help reduce stress by 68%. That is better than listening to music, exercise or even a good old cup of tea. Children who see adults reading regularly for pleasure understand that reading is an everyday act. When tested for empathy readers of fiction rated considerably higher than non-readers. And it is a lovely thing to do on your own or with others.
COTA Victoria are holding a public read aloud session for Australian Reading Hour as part of the Australia wide event, and we invite you to attend.
Marble Fox cafe, in the foyer area of 533 Little Lonsdale Street.
11am–12pm, Thursday 20 September.
Grab a coffee and enjoy it while listening to a selection of prose read aloud. There is no need to register – just turn up.
If you want to know more about Australian Reading Hour the website is a host of information: www.readinghour.org.au