Simultaneous Storytime

Come read ‘Bowerbird Blues’ by Aura Parker at Gatton Library on 22 May. Picture: LVRC

National Simultaneous Storytime will this year celebrate its 24th anniversary – and will once again be marked at Gatton Library, with the region’s youngsters invited to come along.

Every year, a picture book – written and illustrated by an Australian author – is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, homes, children’s facilities and early childhood education and care services all over the country.

This year, the Lockyer Valley is encouraged to come together for the reading of ‘Bowerbird Blues’, by Aura Parker.

The event, to be held at the Gatton Library on Wednesday, 22 May, is an annual campaign by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) that encourages young children to read and enjoy books.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Libraries and Galleries Portfolio Councillor Julie Reck said National Simultaneous Storytime was a joyful event full of colour and fun that also promoted the importance of reading and literacy.

“It is incredibly special to think that Australia-wide, everyone is coming together to share the exact same story,” Cr Reck said.

“This year, we’re looking forward to seeing plenty of Lockyer Valley children come together again to read Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker at the same time as everyone else around the country.

“This annual event reinforces the First 5 Forever program which encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, sing and play with their child every day, while also placing a spotlight on the incredibly beneficial story time activities in our libraries.”

National Simultaneous Storytime will be held at the Gatton Library on Wednesday, 22 May, 11.30am for 12pm start.

For more information and to register to attend, contact Lockyer Valley Libraries on (07) 5466 3434.