10th annual ‘National Simultaneous Storytime’

PHOTO: Cr David Pahlke surrounded by young readers at the Ipswich Library
YOUNG book lovers were out in numbers all over Australia including Councils three libraries Ipswich, Redbank Plains and Redbank Plaza, to celebrate the National Simultaneous Storytime at 11am on 25th May, 2010.

The special day featured the reading of books by three local councillors, Cr David Pahlke, Cr Sheila Ireland and Cr David Morrison of “Little White Dogs Can’t Jump” written by Bruce Whatley.

National Simultaneous Story time was aimed at children aged under six-years-old. It is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association in May every year, involving story time sessions being held in as many locations around Australia as possible.

In 2009, more than 120,000 children and adults across Australia, including those in Ipswich, took part and read the featured book Pete the Sheep written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.

National Simultaneous Story time promoted the value of reading and literacy and of books as well as highlighted the important role played in the community by public libraries.

llibraries regularly hold story time sessions which are very popular with our patrons as they show children how much fun reading can be and assist in the development of early literacy skills. “Each month there is a new theme.”

Story time is regularly hosted by the Ipswich Library and Information Services between 10.30am and 11.15am at the following locations:

· Ipswich Library – 1st Wednesday of the month;
· Redbank Plaza Library – 2nd Wednesday of the month;
· Redbank Plains Library – 3rd Wednesday of the month and;
· Ipswich Library – 4th Thursday of the month.

Special storytelling sessions are available for playgroups and other groups upon request.

Inquiries to the Ipswich Library and Information Service on 3810 6756.

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