CHILDREN’S SESSION: Regional librarian Fran Moroney is delighted to help co-ordinate simultaneous children’s book readings in six libraries around the Gladstone region on Wednesday, May 21.
CHILDREN’S SESSION: Regional librarian Fran Moroney is delighted to help co-ordinate simultaneous children’s book readings in six libraries around the Gladstone region on Wednesday, May 21. Brenda Strong

Libraries read aloud to raise awareness of children's books

LIBRARIES around Gladstone will host simultaneous story times that will treat kids to stories while raising awareness of Australian children's books.

At 11am on Wednesday, May 21, librarians at Gladstone's six public libraries will join hundreds around the country in reading aloud the children's book Too Many Elephants in the House, by celebrated Australian author-illustrator duo Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner.

Last year, over 350,000 children took part in National Simultaneous Storytime Day, at more than 2500 locations around Australia, according to organising group the Australian Library and Information Association.

Gladstone Library's Fran Moroney said over 100 children attended Gladstone's libraries in 2013.

"It's a great thing, and a big deal now," she said.

"There's a big list online of who's participating, and it's really growing."

Boyne Island Library will be using a projector to show the book while it's read aloud, and all libraries will have craft sessions after the book reading.

School libraries around the region are also expected to participate.

AT A GLANCE

  • Agnes Water Library: 71 Springs Rd
  • Boyne Island Library: Cnr Wyndham and Hayes Aves
  • Calliope Library: Don Cameron Dr
  • Gladstone City Library: 39 Goondoon St
  • Miriam Vale Library: 34 Roe St
  • Mt Larcom Library: Raglan St


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