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Dads set to become reading legends at ‘The Dads Reading Hour’

20 August 2015

Barry Harth Eli Nielsen Talitha Janke

Dalby Dads Reading Legend Barry Harth reads to Eli Nielsen and Talitha Janke.

Nick Palm and Eliza Palm

Nick Palm and daughter Eliza soak up the sun and books at the recent Dalby Dads Read Family Fun Day at MyALL 107.

Children in Chinchilla, Dalby and Tara will soon get the chance to share their favourite book with friends and fellow readers as Western Downs Dads take up the challenge of becoming reading legends at ‘The Dads Reading Hour’ on Friday 21 August.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said Western Downs Libraries are capitalising on the momentum generated by their ongoing Dads Read campaign.

“This year we are inviting male reading legends from across the region, be they Dads, Uncles, teachers, or older brothers, to become reading legends by sharing a book with young readers at one of our ‘Dads Reading Hour’ events,” she said.

“Now in its fourth year, the National Reading Hour continues to be popular among both parents and children, and Western Downs Libraries are continuing the momentum of their successful Dads Read campaign by hosting free family events at the Chinchilla, Dalby, and Tara library branches.

“We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their child. However, Reading Hour events are a great and fun way for parents to take a break from their busy schedules to spend some quality time with their children, as well as a timely reminder to take regular opportunities to read anything, anytime with their children.

“I strongly encourage children and parents to come along to one of the Western Downs Libraries Reading Hour events, meet our local reading legends and bring your favourite book to share.”

Reading Hour will be celebrated across all Western Downs Library branches, and ‘Dads Reading Hour’ events will be held in the following locations (best suited to children aged between 8 and 12):

  • Chinchilla Library, Friday 21 August from 5.45 to 6.45pm
  • Dalby Library, Friday 21 August from 5 to 6pm
  • Tara Library, Friday 21 August from 5.45 to 6.45pm

National Reading Hour is part of the ‘Love2Read’ initiative which is run across Australia throughout the month of August.

For more information or to book for a Reading Hour event, visit or phone 1300 COUNCIL.

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