Hats off to Simultaneous Storytime

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.

Hobart LINC information services coordinator Leisha Owen said 22 LINCs and libraries participated across the state, many of which had special guest readers.

“National Simultaneous Storytime celebrates the vital role libraries, schools and communities around Australia play in developing the literacy and numeracy skills of young people,” she said.

“It also fosters a love of stories and reading for pleasure.”

Special guest readers included Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston at Glenorchy LINC and radio presenters Ryk Goddard at Rosny LINC and Helen Shield at Hobart LINC.

Following the reading and in keeping with the theme of the featured book, students were given materials to draw and decorate their very own hat.

“Staff at Hobart LINC had collected the hats featured in the book – including a diver’s helmet – and all the children had come in their own created hats,” Ms Owen said.

“There were lots of pirates, sombreros and divers and all in all, a very ‘hatty’, happy time was had by all.”

Caption: Book-lovers channelled their inner pirates as part of the National Simultaneous Storytime activities held throughout the state on 25 May.

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