Shellharbour City Libraries 'Simultaneous Storytime'

Same story to be read aloud in thousands of locations at the same time.
Shellharbour City Library encourages young families to come along and be part of the 18th annual National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) event.
This year’s Shellharbour event promises to be the biggest ever and will be held today in the new City Library and at Warilla Library.
Held by the Australian Library and Information Association, the event is part of a campaign aimed at encouraging more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
More than 686,324 participants in over 6,129 locations took part last year.
This year’s book is Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood and published by Scholastic.
As a passionate literacy advocate, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba encouraged young families to join in.
“We are expecting this to be one of the biggest storytime sessions ever at Shellharbour City Libraries,” Cr Saliba said.
“NSS is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book.
“Our City Library has a range of supporting educational activities, songs, puppet show, songs and craft planned for the day.”
The auditorium will be open from 10:30am with a special welcome and songs. Storytime reading will begin at 11am sharp.
Estimated finish time is between 11.45am and 12 noon. Light refreshments will be available.
Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.