Tasmanian ECEC professionals encouraged to support Tasmania Reads Week
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Tasmanian ECEC professionals encouraged to support Tasmania Reads Week

by Freya Lucas

March 07, 2023

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are being encouraged to get involved in Tasmania Reads Week, which is held from 5-11 March.


Schools, libraries, authors, booksellers, publishers, community groups and others are holding events across Tasmania in support of the state-wide initiative being run through Libraries Tasmania, providing communities with the chance to discover and rediscover a passion for reading.


“Whether you are catching a bus, visiting a park, dropping into your local library or joining one of more than 70 free events across the State, there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate reading and the joy of storytelling as part of Tasmania Reads Week,” said Education, Children and Youth Minister Roger Jaensch.


Activities such as author talks, story walks, book launches, a ‘Crime and Wine’ event, a teddy bears’ picnic, and a pyjama and pizza party with respected Aboriginal elder Aunty Patsy Cameron AO are cornerstones of the week. 


“Education is the foundation of a strong economy and caring community, and this wonderful week is a great opportunity to celebrate reading in fun and meaningful ways,” Mr Jaensch said.


Free QR code book chapters will be available on Metro buses, Jack the Jumper will be visiting schools, and the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency The Honourable Barbara Baker, will be conducting a special story time at Rosny Library.


Tasmania Reads is an initiative as part of the National Australia Reads campaign and coincides with Australian Reading Hour on 9 March.


“This initiative aims to promote reading among children, young people and the wider community. I encourage all Tasmanians to host their own book, reading or storytelling event as part of Tasmania Reads Week,” the Minister Jaensch concluded.


For a full list of free activities and events visit, the Tasmania Reads’ website.

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