Local libraries to host national storytime event

National Simultaneous Storytime encourages people to read with children.
National Simultaneous Storytime encourages people to read with children.

There is nothing quite like reading a good book.

And for kids there is nothing like being read a good book.

On Wednesday, May 23 thousands of children will gather at local libraries across Australia to take part in National Simultaneous Storytime.

Campbelltown and Camden libraries will participate in this year’s event.

Campbelltown Council director of city lifestyles Lisa Miscamble said Macarthur libraries have participated in National Simultaneous Story since the initiative began 18 years ago.

“We have always supported its aim to promote literacy, encourage a love of Australian literature and encourage people to read to children,” she said.

This year’s book is Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

The book is selected by the Australian Library and Information Association and publishers each year.

“People should come to the event to not only to enjoy the experience of the libraries’ regular Storytime programs, but to participate in an event that is happening simultaneously throughout Australia and New Zealand,” Ms Miscamble said.

“We will be presenting a program of stories, songs, rhymes and craft activities relating to the nominated title, and of course, reading this book at precisely 11am in each of our libraries.

“This is a very exciting event for us and our community and we are always proud to participate.

“We would love to invite anyone to come and join us for National Simultaneous Storytime.”

Narellan Library will also participate in the national event.

From 11am librarians will read the chosen book to all attendees,

They will also provide a range of activities such as craft and singing.