Josh the Robot invades the Coast
  • Wednesday 30 March 2011

Sunshine Coast Libraries are encouraging all local schools, pre-schools and child care centres in the region to join in Sunshine Coast Storytime on April 12-13.

The book to be read is Josh Gets Lost, that is written and illustrated by local author and artist Peter Rowe. Peter has written four books in the Josh the Robot series. What makes his achievements particularly unique is that Peter has Down syndrome and ‘speaks’ through facilitated communication.

Facilitated communication is a system that allows Peter to tap out his words on a special board, while a facilitator speaks the word and a scribe writes them down, making the series a team collaboration.

Service Delivery Councillor Paul Tatton said Sunshine Coast Storytime was a great way to encourage children to participate in storytime activities across the region.

"Josh gets lost is a heart warming story about teamwork, friendship and finding your way home, sure to appeal to many of our local young readers," he said.

"This is the first year that we have held a special storytime only for the Sunshine Coast, and the initiative highlights the importance of reading and literacy, and encourages a love of books in young people.

"The initiative will help reconnect young people with libraries and offer great opportunities for family interaction.

"By encouraging children to read the works of a local author, we are also increasing the promotion of local people involved in the creative industries."

The art created by Peter for these works is very special. Peter draws extremely large outlines of images, before a graphic designer shrinks them down to book size. Peter then decides which of the textures will be used and the graphic designer helps position it on the drawing.

This unique collaboration has made for truly stunning imagery, that accompanies stories with positive messages that are sure to delight young readers.

Sunshine Coast Storytime will take place at Sunshine Coast Libraries on Tuesday 12 April and Wednesday 13 April. Specific locations and times below:

Tuesday 12 April

Wednesday 13 April

Library

Storytime

Library

Storytime

Maroochydore Library

44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree
5475 8900

9:30am

Cooroy Library

Maple Street, Cooroy
5454 9000

9:30am

Maleny Library

5 Coral Street, Maleny

5435 3100

10:30am

Nambour Library

Crn Currie and Bury Streets,

5441 8332

9:30am

Beerwah Library

Peachester Road, Beerwah

5439 2500

11:30am

Kawana

Nanyima Street, Buddina

5458 6500

10am

  

Noosa

Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville
5442 4411

10am

  

Caloundra Library

Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
5499 5444

10:30am

  

Coolum Beach Library

Park Street, Coolum
5343 2000

10:30am

Copies of Josh the Robot, Josh Gets Lost, Josh Meets Robot Cool, and Josh and the Little Wizard are all available for purchase through Sunshine Coast Libraries eShop. Visit: www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au