17 Jan 2012
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day will this week launch the Love2Read Cafe at the State Library to celebrate the start of the National Year of Reading in 2012.
Mr Day said that the National Year of Reading presented an opportunity for all West Australians to discover or rediscover the joy of reading.
“An outdoor reading room and book cafe, the Love2Read Cafe provides a relaxed space in the Perth Cultural Centre for people to browse books, magazines and newspapers, while also enjoying author talks, writing workshops and many other events,” he said.
“I’d encourage everyone to read where and when they can, from books and newspapers, on e-readers and mobile devices.
“The Love2Read Cafe at the State Library provides a perfect place in which to do this, and will be a great addition to the Perth Cultural Centre during the summer months of the National Year of Reading.”
The State Library, and many other organisations across Western Australia, will be promoting the benefits of reading for all during the National Year of Reading, and encouraging people to join their local public libraries to make use of the many resources and services which they can find there.
Alongside State Government funding of the Love2Read Cafe through the State Library of Western Australia and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), the McCusker Charitable Foundation has also contributed $15,000 to the project.
The Love2Read Cafe is located in front of the State Library of Western Australia in the Perth Cultural Centre, and is open from January 21 to February 26 (closed January 26 for the Australia Day public holiday, and February 9-13 for the Laneway Festival).
For more about the National Year of Reading and the Love2Read Cafe, visit: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/national_year_of_reading