State Library of Queensland launched Dads Read as part of the National Year of Reading 2012.
Dads Read aims to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of fathers and families reading with their children, particularly in their early developmental years. Queensland Public Libraries and State Library holds free, fun, Dads Read storytime events for families leading up to Father’s Day.
Reading with your children not only helps them to develop a love of reading, but also strengthens their literacy skills, models positive reading behaviour and builds children’s self-esteem around reading which is a fundamental life skill.
Dads Read Family Fun Day, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane | 17 August 2013
State Library's annual Dads Read Family Fun Day was held in the Queen Street Mall. A giant book (2m x 6m) provided the backdrop and setting for the event, as sporting heroes Kevin Sheedy (Coach, Greater Western Sydney; Giants), Matthew Smith (Captain, Brisbane Roar) and Dads Read Ambassador, Rupert McCall shared their love of reading and the importance of Dads reading “just 10 minutes a day” to their children. The event was MC’d by Rod Young, Channel 7 newsreader.
Over 300 attendees were present during the course of the day. Children created Dads Read Father’s Day cards inviting their Dad to “Be their Reading Legend” and enjoyed the entertainment provided by local children’s performers Tim Jackman and Getano Bann.
Thank you to our partners and sponsors who helped to make this event a success. We look forward to the 2014 Dads Read Family Fun Day.
For more information about Dads Read, visit www.dadsread.org.au
For more information contact the State Library Literacy and Young Peoples Services via email email@example.com or phone 3842 9021.