22 August 2006 Storytime comes to Maroochy Libraries
Maroochy Libraries will join other organisations from Broome to Hobart to simultaneously read the picture book 'Goodnight, me' to more than a quarter of a million Australian children on Friday 1 September at 11am.
Social Development Portfolio Chair Jenny McKay said National Simultaneous Storytime is now in its sixth successful year and will be held during Literacy and Numeracy Week (28 August to 3 September).
"Literacy and Numeracy Week is a Commonwealth Government initiative that aims to celebrate and acknowledge the vital work being done in schools and communities around Australia to develop young people's literacy and numeracy skills," she said.
National Simultaneous Storytime has been organised by the Australian Library and Information Association to promote the value of reading and literacy.
"It will also highlight the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries," Cr McKay said.
She said today's libraries provide far more than simply books alone with "Internet access, CD's and video's among just a few of the most popular services now on offer".
"Many people are still unaware about the massive variety of free activities available in libraries," she said. "Libraries are the indoor equivalent of parks and we want everyone to use them.
"We want the Maroochy community to know that libraries offer so much more than they used to, especially children's activities like National Simultaneous Storytime."
For further information about Maroochy's event, contact Maroochy Council Customer Service on 5475 8501 or for further information on National Simultaneous Storytime around Australia contact the Australian Library and Information Association on 02 6215 8235 or visit <http://alia.org.au/advocacy/storytime/