This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Our ALEA local councils were involved in community outreach on and around ILD on 8 September. We are pleased to share with you a few of their stories.
To celebrate International Literacy Day 2016, local councils from ALEA NSW distributed books to a variety of local community groups and organisations.
ALEA Sydney North
On behalf on ALEA Sydney North local council 40 book packs were delivered to mothers and babies at Royal North Shore Hospital. Wendy Bean presents a gift to baby Jack's Mum and Dad. Mum Kristy is a teacher at one of ALEA's member schools.
ALEA Sydney West
As in recent years members of ALEA Sydney West executive (Donna Gurka - treasurer and Trish Reilly) visited Westmead Hospital to distribute 37 books on ILD and left 13 book gift packs for new arrivals on the ward in the following days. Book packs included Reading Magic by Mem Fox (for the parents) along with Ten Little fingers and 10 Little Toes as well as the 'Never Too Young to Read' pamphlet.
Pictured below: Donna Gurka, new dad James and baby Tristan Alvarada with mum Natasha Gonzalez and Trish Reilly
ALEA Local Councils across Queensland marked 2016 as the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme of 'Reading the Past, Writing the Future' celebrates the effort and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world.
ALEA Meanjin (Brisbane) Local Council encouraged parents to read to their children by delivering 300 Books to Babies across 16 hospitals, including the Ipswich Public Hospital, St Andrew's Private Hospital in Ipswich and the Wesley, Mater Mothers’ and Royal Brisbane Hospitals. Thank-you to Griffith University's School of Education and Professional Studies for their sponsorship of Books to Babies this year.
Pictured below left: New baby Ashton was one of 8 bubs born at the Royal Brisbane Womens’ Hospital on International Literacy Day. RIght: ALEA Meanjin Vice-President Georgina Barton pictured at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital.
Below: One-day-old baby Hamish James already loves spending time reading with mum Jade.
ALEA Sunshine Coast
ALEA Sunshine Coast Local Council delighted families with ‘Books for Babies’ on International Literacy Day 2016. Local ALEA President, Suzy Wilson and committee member Chris Faix enjoyed their annual pilgrimage to Nambour General and Buderim Private Hospitals to deliver goody bags filled with valuable information about the importance of early literacy at home. A lifelong love of literacy begins at birth for this Sunshine Coast family whose beautiful baby boy Carter was blessed to arrive into the world on 8 September 2016. Big sister Addison chose a Mem Fox picture book as the perfect welcome gift from a selection provided by the ALEA representatives.
For 17 years the ALEA Mackay Local Council has been visiting hospitals to welcome babies born on International Literacy Day, 8 September. With the support of the ‘Mackay Friends of the Library’, literacy packs were once again gifted to new parents along with a message about the importance of reading to baby. Thank you to Judy Morris for coordinating this event each year.
Pictured above are ALEA Mackay committee members (top) Kay Brodie and (below) Yvette Iturbe, with ILD 2016 Books for Babies recipients.
ALEA Central Queensland
ALEA CQ celebrated International Literacy Day with a Bring One, Take One afternoon at Frenchville State School. Teachers were asked to bring along a favourite literacy text and share ideas for writing the future. They were then given the opportunity to take one (or more) of Nea Stewart-Dore’s texts to read the past and honour Nea’s legacy. These texts were kindly donated to us by Nea’s husband, Colin. Debbie Bayliss suggested it was ‘just like Christmas’ and loved the variety of texts for her secondary students. Rhonda Bush was able to add to her collection of texts related to literature and Narelle Sauer was thrilled to get a copy of Jon Callow’s, Image Matters.
A web conference was held on 8 September to acknowledge the 50th year of International Literacy Day. Teachers from across Queensland and beyond heard Patrick Donnelly outline what it takes to get real literacy improvement across a regional state school of close to 1000 students. Pat referred to the research base and strategies that led the school to extraordinary literacy achievement and suggested some real changes that need to be made in order for a school to get serious about the improvement of every student across all of the literacy strands. Chris Topfer will lead a ‘Guiding thinking for effective spelling’ Term 4 web conference, details to be posted at alea.edu.au/events/category/queensland
ALEA Tas South celebrated International Literacy Day by presenting books to the Young Mums’ Clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital. ALEA Tas South committee member Jos Pullen visited the clinic and presented books to the young expectant mums. Jos is pictured at the clinic with Sam, whose baby was due the following week. A collection of books was presented to the clinic so the staff will be able to give a book to each new young mum in the coming year.
ALEA Tas North
Launceston bookshops Birchalls and Petrachs donated books to ALEA Tas North for their International Literacy Day activities. Tas North committee member Deb Reid visited a Launceston hospital to deliver packs of books to newborn babies.