Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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National Year of Reading

The National Year of Reading encourages people of all ages to discover and rediscover the joy of reading during 2012.

The Library is proud to be a founding partner of the National Year of Reading.

In partnership with a host of other organisations that share our passion for reading, we've put together a year of exciting activities, programs and events for all ages, including:

  • A nation of readers: the official National Year of Reading wrap-up event for Victoria
  • the Australian Poetry Slam
  • Writes of Spring: a short story competition for all ages
  • Our Story: a national reading list of eight great Australian books, chosen by Australian readers
  • Read this: a reading recommendation competition for teens
  • The Reading Hour, when Australia comes together for an hour of communal reading on 25 August
  • High Road to Reading: author tours of Victorian public libraries with free readings, discussions and workshops
  • Australia's first children's laureates, Alison Lester and Boori Monty Prior, touring Victorian schools and libraries
  • reading-themed public lectures and programs
  • professional development seminars for public library staff
  • Look! The art of Australian picture books today

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