Children sit down for Simultaneous Storytime

Charlotte Jenes and Stevie Hooke got up close and personal with Lou and Wellington the alpacas on Wednesday for National Simultaneous Storytime at the Maryborough Regional Library.

Wednesday was a special morning for young people in Maryborough, as they joined with others across the nation for National Simultaneous Storytime, taking the opportunity to read, listen and even pat an alpaca or two as part of this year ’s book Alpacas with Maracas.

Now in its 19th year, National Simultaneous Storytime is a colourful and fun event which aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.

Young people right around the country sit down in schools, libraries and family homes to read the same Australian children’s book at 11 am for one day in the month of May.

Prep to grade two students from Maryborough Education Centre (MEC) and youngsters at the Maryborough Regional Library were among those participating in the event, all in the name of reading and having some fun.

MEC acting assistant principal Kelsey Chandler said reading and literacy are highly valued at the school, and said the annual event is a great way for students to get stuck into some books.

“We really value reading and our students get really excited about different books,” she said.

“I think the students feel really special that they get to be involved with a national event like this, they absolutely love the day.”

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