Growing lifelong readers goes beyond training children and adults to read, write and comprehend. Lifelong readers are individuals who grow up- in a household where adults also read and demonstrate their love of reading to children. Lifelong readers are individuals who enjoy discussing books and sharing the ideas sparked by things they’ve read at home, at work and in the community.

We’re committed to delivering bespoke community programs to build and nurture lifelong readers so that readers have access to cultural experiences regardless of their geographical limitations.

Read Around Gladstone

Read Around Gladstone was a three-year initiative designed to foster, celebrate and measure a culture of reading in Gladstone. The project was designed to support students, workplaces and families with initiatives to encourage reading and improve overall literacy across the region. 

Read Around Gladstone was made possible through collaboration with the Gladstone Council and Gladstone library network and the generous support of partners, including the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Bryan Foundation, The John Villiers Trust, State Library of Queensland and Human Ventures.


RAG - Road Trip Blog

RAG Road Trip - Day Four

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What an amazing and productive trip. This has truly been a fitting conclusion to the Read Around Gladstone program. Over three jam-packed days, authors Samantha Wheeler and Lance Balchin presented to a total of 760 students and 88 adults (including teachers, librarians, parents and community members). Venues ranged from state of the art libraries to single teacher classrooms, from sports halls to music rooms,...

RAG Road Trip - Day Three

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Bushfires! Snake alarms! It’s all just another day in the beautiful and resilient towns around the Gladstone. Today we visited Mount Larcom, a high-top with grades Prep-9, as well Nagoorin, a one-teacher school with 15 students ranging from Prep-Year 6. Students and teachers alike expressed their appreciation for the author visits. As one teacher said, it is rare enough for authors to visit Gladstone, but even...

RAG Road Trip - Day Two

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A busy day in Gladstone today, with Sam Wheeler doing 2 sessions with 130 year 3&4s at Gladstone Central State School, and Lance Balchin doing 3 sessions with 240 year 7&8s at Gladstone State High School. It’s incredible to see these two wonderful authors in action, tailoring each presentation to match the needs and interests of different student groups, and answering all sorts of questions. After one...

RAG Road Trip - Day One

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Gladstone South State School is a humble, hardworking school that includes students with a range of learning and socio-economic challenges, and creates a calm and flourishing culture. As our first school visit on this, the final tour of Read Around Gladstone, Gladstone South was perfect. The great impact of the author visits was readily apparent, and clearly important. When Samantha Wheeler read an excerpt of her...