SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME – All over Australia at the same time


Cr Pahlke with his elephant ears and keen kids –
Meggan-Lee Drew, Hannah du Plessi and Jordan du Plessi

IPSWICH Libraries join the whole of Australia for a reading celebration during National Simultaneous Storytime. The special day involved the reading from 10.30am in public and school libraries across the country of Too Many Elephants in this House written by Ursula Dubosarsky.  Three Ipswich City councillors – Cr David Pahlke at the Ipswich Central Branch, Cr Bruce Casos at the Redbank Plaza branch and Cr Victor Attwood at the Redbank Plains branch – presented the book to local families on behalf of Ipswich Libraries. The sessions were held on May 21

Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the city’s library service took part in the nationwide reading event organised by the Australian Library and Information Association in May every year. The special morning will also involve elephant themed activities at the reading of this year’s featured book. “Children at all venues will enjoy elephant themed stories and songs and make elephant masks and puppets.

“At the Ipswich Central Library participants in the monthly seeds program also will be making ‘Elephant Ear’ biscuits to tie in with the theme.  “We are pleased to be able to support this event across all of our branches and at Orion Springfield Central and find it extremely popular with our young library patrons.  The first National Simultaneous Storytime was held in 2001. In 2013 over 430,000 children and adults across Australia, including those at Ipswich Libraries, took part in National Simultaneous Storytime.
This year’s featured book – Too Many Elephants in the House tells the story of Eric’s house where there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom.  Author Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. Cr Pahlke said National Simultaneous Storytime promoted the value of reading and literacy and of books as well as highlighting the important role of public libraries in the community.
Our libraries regularly hold storytime 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.” Storytime is regularly hosted by Ipswich Libraries between 10.30am and 11.15am at the following locations:
Ipswich Central Library – Every Thursday;
Redbank Plaza Library – Second Wednesday of the month;
Redbank Plains Library –First Wednesday of the month (for toddlers) and third Wednesday of the month and;
Orion Springfield Central –Fourth Wednesday of the month.
Special storytelling sessions are available for playgroups and other groups upon request. Inquiries to Ipswich Libraries on 3810 6756.


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