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Great news today after the budget gloom… ALIA has acted to support the Australian Book Industry Awards with public library advocacy for Australian books and Australian authors. Add your library to the list of advocates supporting the ABIA awards and you’ll be showing publishers that libraries are a valuable part of the national reading network (shown to effect in National Year of Reading here).
What does success look like? Effective community engagement around reading, or a librarian or library service being awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award or the Lloyd O’Neil Award (if the significant contribution requirement included book lending or reading promotion)?
Other awards to promote during the year are the Miles Franklin Literary Awards longlist and shortlist and the Miles of Reading Challenge. There are posters and shelf talkers to download and print here. These awards will be announced in Sydney on Thursday 26 June.
Check out the long list of Australian literary awards here. Which reading campaigns do you promote in your community? We have promoted a few (including Get Reading! and Our Story) but I’m going to start focusing more on longlists and shortlists to offer people a wider choice of good reads. And the ABIAs.
Australian books I’ve read in the last month: M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans and Josephine Rowe’s How A Moth Becomes A Boat.