Nation-wide simultaneous storytime

Barcham 21 May 2013
The Wrong Book

Hey Rioters with kids (or I guess Rioters who just like storytime),

This sounds pretty cool. A nation-wide simultaneous storytime reading of a children’s book at Libraries around Australia in order to promote literacy. There are a bunch of libraries participating here in Canberra, so why not check one out?

Director of Libraries ACT Vanessa Little today encouraged Canberra families to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime by joining the mass reading of The Wrong Book, written and illustrated by Australia’s own Nick Bland, at 10.30am on Wednesday 22 May at a number of local libraries.

“Join our librarians for the 13Gungahlin, Kippax and Woden libraries, as they read The Wrong Book at the same times as hundreds of thousands of people across the country,” Ms Little said.

“The Dickson storytime will be hosted by our special guest and local author, Tania McCartney, who will also read from some of her own books.”

Ms Little explained the importance of the storytime in promoting children’s literacy and numeracy.

“National Simultaneous Storytime is a fun and inclusive platform for developing young people’s literacy and numeracy skills, and highlights the work that schools and libraries do to develop these in our children.

“This year’s story, The Wrong Book, follows Nicholas Ickle as he tries to tell a story, but is interrupted by a queen, a pirate, monsters and other characters from another story. To tell his own story, Nicholas has to convince these characters that they are, in fact, in the wrong story.

“Last year more than 380,000 children across the country in over 2000 locations took part in the event, and I hope that this year’s event will be just as successful,” Ms Little said.

What: National Simultaneous Storytime reading of The Wrong Book

When: 10.30am, Wednesday 22 May 2013
Where: Belconnen Library
Dickson Library
Erindale Library
Gungahlin Library
Kippax Library
Woden Library

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