It's story time on the Sunshine Coast
  • Thursday 15 May 2008

On Wednesday 21 May at 11am, libraries across the Sunshine Coast will join organisations from Broome to Hobart, reading the picture book Arthur at the same time to more than a quarter of a million Australian children.

Now in its eighth successful year, National Simultaneous Storytime 2008 aims to celebrate and acknowledge the vital work being done in libraries, schools and communities around Australia to develop young people's literacy and numeracy skills.

The event is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association, and coincides with National Library and Information Week.

According to Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Director Community Services, Lisbet Dean, it is designed to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries.

“Developing a child’s love of books and reading is integral to their long term development and learning process,” said Lisbet. “This event encourages this, and is a great opportunity for Sunshine Coast families to check out their local libraries and use the fantastic facilities available to them.”

Arthur is written by Amanda Graham and illustrated by Donna Gynell, and this year celebrates 20 years of paperback publication.

The story relates the classic tale of trying to find one’s place in the world, learning the hard way that we cannot do this by trying to become something or someone else.

For more information on National Simultaneous Storytime, people can contact their local library or find the location of their nearest library by visiting www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au, or by calling 5441 8195.