Wednesday, March 07, 2012

National Year of Reading for Family History

Australian libraries are behind the campaign to make 2012 the National Year of Reading. Nearly half the population struggles without literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of every day life and work. The NYOR is an opportunity for libraries to highlight their services and benefits as well as attract people to the library and celebrate the joys and benefits of reading.

As family history researchers, I advocate the need to read widely, local histories of where your ancestors lived, biographies and family histories to inspire your own research. One of the initiatives of NYOR is the online bookclub. The monthly themes are broad and local and family history reading fits in well with these. Themes include: The Amazing Read, Laugh, Think, Feel, Escape, Dream, Discover, Question, Grow, Explore, Cry, Love2read. At the end of each month bookclub members can discuss their reading via Twitter using the hashtag #NYR12.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library enables its users to add content to the website including adding comments to items, including books and creating lists. There are already genealogy lists including fiction for family history researchers
and researchers are also encouraged to add their own - and help celebrate National Year of Reading.

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