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A book cafe in Bass Strait

A book cafe in Bass Strait

On Cape Barren Island in Bass Strait, off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, parents are regularly invited to a Book Café at the school where they read to the children. After hearing about the work of our Foundation from one of the mums on the island, the school has been receiving books from our Book Supply Program since 2016. “The beauty is that the books are brand spanking new,” says teacher Charlotte White, “which is very special for these kids who’ve had lots of hand-me-downs in their lives.” There are just 8 students at school on the island, from Kindergarten...

  • Posted 25 January, 2018


Having a book of your own

Having a book of your own

At Pormpuraaw, on the remote west coast of Cape York Peninsula, kids aged from 0 to 12 years are increasingly enthralled by books from ILF. “Definitely with more access to books the kids are showing more interest in reading.”   Books from our Foundation have been delivered to Pormpuraaw, a remote community on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, for the past five years. And kids aged from 0 to 12 years are increasingly enthralled by them. “They are now more willing to sit down and read them] or just look through the pictures,” says Erin Kendall, the Children’s...

  • Posted 24 January, 2018


Growing enthusiasum for reading in Indulkana Community

Growing enthusiasum for reading in Indulkana Community

Over the past year, Shaun Vukic from Indulkana Youth Shed in the APY Lands has noticed an increased enthusiasm for books and reading since receiving books from our Book Supply program.    At Indulkana Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara APY) Lands in South Australia, about 100 km south of the NT border, a big old shed has been refitted out to become an extremely well used youth shed, where books from our Book Supply program are openly available for reading. “There is nowhere else for them to source books apart from at school,” explains Program Coordinator Shaun Vukic. On average, 60...

  • Posted 17 January, 2018


Changing young lives through books and reading

Changing young lives through books and reading

At Owen Springs Education Centre in Alice springs, books from our Book Supply program are having great impact. “Where students were just looking at pictures and glancing over words, now they are attempting to read the words and asking for help when needed.”   Up to 16 students are currently enrolled in a special education program in Alice Springs which caters for male youths aged 12 to 18.  The students come from different communities and town camps where Arrernte, Anmatjere, Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri are spoken, as well as English. The program has been receiving books from our Foundation since 2012. Most are...

  • Posted 12 January, 2018


Helping with hearing loss

Helping with hearing loss

In the Top End of the NT, books from our Book Supply Program have become integral to the delivery of the Top End Health Services Hearing Health Program. The audio testing team flies out regularly from its base in Darwin to several small, isolated communities — Wadeye, Nauiyu, Peppimenarti and Palumpa among them. It can be a challenge to take the books, as weight limits on small planes are notoriously strict, and more often than not team members have to divvy up the books between their luggage. But the books have well proven their worth. Generally the Hearing Health Program team...

  • Posted 18 December, 2017