YOUNG voices rang out across Tasmania on Wednesday 25 May when hundreds of school children travelled to their local libraries to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime.
Hosted annually by the Australian Library and Information Association, the event saw a picture book by an Australian author and illustrator read simultaneously in libraries, schools, family homes and book shops around the nation.
This year’s featured book was “I Got This Hat” by Jol and Kat Temple.
Special guest readers included Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston at Glenorchy LINC, radio presenters Ryk Goddard at Rosny LINC and Helen Shield at Hobart LINC.
Glenorchy LINC information services coordinator Anna Zylstra said 152 children from Glenorchy Primary School, Springfield Primary School, Child Care Collections and Glenorchy LINC’s storytime group participated in the “extremely fun event”.
“We look forward to this every year as it is a great way to encourage a love of reading for the children in our community,” she said.
“Having an engaging and dynamic reader like Mayor Johnston is a fantastic way to show children how to connect to books and learning.”
Following the reading, and in keeping with the theme of the featured book, students were given materials to craft and decorate their very own hat.
“The children and adults all had a blast decorating their hats and participating in the story,” Ms Zylstra said.
Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston sharing a picture book with primary school students at the National Simultaneous Storytime event.