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August 2015


This month’s theme is #watchread

” Children watching a puppet show, 28th & O Street playground” Adolph B. Rice Studio, August 11, 1958

Will you be watching films or television, or will you be watching the clock to make time for your favorite thing to read, watch or play? Have you been watching your to-read pile grow throughout the year? Social reading sites like Goodreads or Shelfari allow you to set up virtual shelves of what you have read, and what you plan to read. You can even set yourself a challenge to read a certain number of books in a year, and watch your progress.

Do you prefer to read, watch or play the original format first? Do you like watching television series live, or do you watch online or DVD catch up so you can choose how and when you watch?  Do you enjoy reality TV, or would you rather read a book that examines its impact on our lives?

Maybe you will be heading outside to try some bird watching, or some stargazing. August is the peak time to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower, particularly in the northern hemisphere.

Organisations like Amnesty International or ICAC watch out for opportunities to advocate for human rights or for the integrity of our public administrators, and groups like CHOICE or The Checkout advocate for consumer rights.

Perhaps you’d rather spend some time learning more about the history of watches and other time-keeping devices, or you might like to read a story about keeping time.

What will your favourite #watchread be this month? Don’ forget…while you are reading, playing or watching your #watchread, you might like to tweet about it using #watchread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about your #watchread.  You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #watchread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

There will be a twitter discussion on 25 August starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm BST, 12.00 noon Central European Time. Note: this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #watchread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #watchread, so others can join in the conversation too.


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