Turku participates in the nationwide Read Hour campaign and challenges all Turku residents to participate on 8 September 2020 from 14.00 to 15.00. Inspired by the campaign, the beginning of September in Turku is full of reading events and the library bridge will receive festive lighting during the event.

-Reading is not an obligation, it is a right, says project planner Tarja Rajala from Turku City Library and continues: -Reading means emotions and adventures, time travel and travel to new dimensions.

The goal is to read one hour during the campaign, every day or just for one day. You can read at school, on the bus, at a café or on the city ferry Föri, for example. You can read a book, an audiobook, a fairy tale, a blog, a website or even a game that contains a story.

The library recommends books and challenges you to read

In Turku, the library provides book recommendations and inspiration for reading through various media, online and in libraries. The library challenges the whole city to participate in Read Hour.

-It would be nice to see people reading in famous places in the cityscape, says Rajala.

Share your reading place or your experience

With the #ReadHourTurku hashtag, you can share reading places and experiences on social media, and give book recommendations to others.

One in ten young people finish primary school without sufficient literacy to be able to cope with everyday life. In the latest Pisa survey, more than 60% of boys say they only read if they have to.

With the Read Hour campaign, the Children and Youth Foundation wants to tackle the worrying development. The campaign period for Read Hour is from 31 August to 8 September. The aim of the Read Hour campaign is to introduce a new festivity day that celebrates reading in Finland and to increase reading, especially among young people.

The campaign challenges the whole of Finland to read at the UN's International Literacy Day. The patron of the campaign is the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö.