Words Matter – Workshops for vocational students. Photo: © Marko Simonen/Mediapool

The Finnish Reading Center is a well established NGO, which promotes reading, literacy and literature. It arranges author visits, produces materials, information, reports and services and expertise for schools, libraries, the general public, media and policy makers.

The Finnish Reading Center is also responsible for major national reading campaigns such as Bookstart Finland, Reading movement in schools. IT works with close co-operation with schools, libraries, government, privat companies and other organisations. It is also an active member of European reading and literacy networks, such as EURead and ELINET.

One of our key functions is to arrange author visits to schools, nursery schools, libraries and other institutions. Currently, we are the only institution in Finland systematically organising these visits. The aim of the author visits is to promote reading motivation of children and youth.

The Role of the Reading Centre is to promote literacy and support reading for pleasure, serve as an expert in the fields of reading and literacy and provide services for other actors working in the field of reading and literacy.

The Finnish Reading Center publishes two online magazines. Lukufiilis is written by young people to young people. Kiiltomato.net is a literary criticism media.

We are funded by the government (Ministry of Education and Culture), together with several Finnish charitable foundations.


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