The New Zealand Book Council (NZBC) is celebrating all that libraries offer with a social media campaign called #lovelibraries.
Beginning on December 3, the #lovelibraries campaign will share articles, news and views about libraries and encourage and remind people to join and visit their local library.
Libraries across Aotearoa New Zealand work hard to ensure everyone has access to lifelong learning opportunities and information. As inclusive and welcoming spaces in the community, they play a vital role in developing a love of reading.
This year’s NZBC reading research revealed that Kiwis were most likely to source fiction, non-fiction and poetry books from their local library before bookstores or online.
But the research showed that 442,600 adult New Zealanders didn’t read a book in the past year. Books are competing with screens for our leisure time, and 45-54 year olds had the lowest percentage reading of any age group.
The study also found that fewer Kiwi men are reading books, demonstrating that libraries are more important than ever.
As we enter summer, NZBC encourages New Zealanders to borrow a book and open the world at their local library.
Book Council CEO Jo Cribb says libraries are vital to healthy communities.
“Libraries are such an important part of our communities, offering so much more than books. We’re looking forward to showcasing some of these things over the next couple of weeks.
“Being able to access reading material of every type is such a gift, especially over the holidays when we may have some spare moments to lose ourselves in a great read.
We hope all New Zealanders use and enjoy their local library this summer, and discover the treasures it offers.”
The #lovelibraries campaign will also amplify and share the summer reading campaigns led by Public Libraries of New Zealand.
NZBC welcomes everyone to join in the #lovelibraries campaign by following and using the hashtag on social media.
For more information please contact:
Communication and Engagement Manager, NZ Book Council