Thursday, 24 May 2012

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime took place in libraries and schools across Australia on Wednesday 23rd May.  This year and amazing 380,000 children at 2,400 locations across Australia joined in and enjoyed the same book at the same time to help promote reading and literacy. This year's book was Nick Bland's The Very Cranky Bear which is a heart-warming tale about friendship, sacrifice and learning that appearances aren't important.

Both Mandurah Library and Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre took part.  Pictured above is the special guest reader at Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre who is well-known to local children as her alter-ego the face-painter extraordinaire "Fairy Karen".  The reading was followed by a craft activity where the children made Cranky Bear masks.

Mandurah Libraries also visited Dudley Park Primary School along with Mandurah MLA David Templeman.  Two pre-primary classes enjoyed Mr Templeman's very exciting reading of the story.  There was much roaring!  The children then took away bear masks and information packs about Mandurah Libraries.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held in May every year and is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association.  A few months before each year's event the book choice is announced and links to excellent resources are posted on the National Simultaneous Storytime page of the ALIA's website to enable schools, playgroups, childcare centres and libraries to join in.

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