The community is being encouraged to grab a book and spend some time delving into a good story as part of Australian Reading Hour.
The annual event promotes reading for one hour on March 9 with the aim to foster a love of books across the nation.
Bundaberg Regional Libraries will be hosting events in Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin on March 9 to help inspire the community to read.
Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said Australian Reading Hour was a reminder to take some time out to unwind and escape into a book.
“This annual day has a short and sweet message: read, share, and enjoy books!” he said.
“Whether you want to pick up an old favourite or try something new, it doesn't matter!
“This day is about enjoying the wellbeing benefits that come with reading, including reducing stress while promoting good mental health.”
Cr Learmonth said the community was invited to drop in to their local library on March 9 to receive assistance in exploring the large range of e-books and audio books.
He said an afternoon tea would also be held to celebrate Australian Reading Hour.
“In the afternoon our wonderful library staff will host a special ‘Read, Share, Enjoy’ reading hour from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm,” C Learmonth said.
“To join, simply drop into one of our libraries and enjoy a light refreshment while you browse the selection before settling in with a good book—or simply bring your own book to read.”
Cr Learmonth said Bundaberg Regional Libraries had a range of genres that made reading fun for everyone.
“Books are available in a variety of formats to suit, including hardcopy, eBooks, audiobooks and more,” he said.
“Across our libraries staff encourage reading and literacy through children’s programs such as Baby Giggle and Wiggle, Toddler Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, Story Time, Story Play, and First 5 Forever programs.
“It's a way to foster a love for books early on so people can grow up to become lifelong readers.”
Find out more about Australian Reading Hour here.