Feel the need to read

Julyssa, 2, and mum Kim love reading together. Photo: Shawn Smits

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

Wanted: bookworms and literary novices.

Melton and Caroline Springs libraries will be hosting a range of activities to mark Reading Hour on September 20, and encourage people to rediscover the benefits of reading.

Mayor Bob Turner said the day was a great way to get back into reading or discover a new book.

“We want everyone to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading,” Cr Turner said.

“In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. In adults, it has been shown to reduce stress by 68 per cent more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.”

Some of the activities involve a group reading session at Caroline Springs library from 11am, and another at the Melton Botanic Garden from 1pm.

For more information about the Australian Reading Hour, visit www.australianreadinghour.org.au