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MEDIA RELEASE - Celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime in the Glenelg Shire

21 May 2018

Readers right across the Glenelg Shire are invited to read the same book at the same time this Wednesday as part of local celebrations for a national literacy event.

National Simultaneous Storytime will take place at 11am on Wednesday 23 May, with events in Portland, Casterton and Merino offering children the chance to read children’s picture book Hickory Dickory Dash simultaneously with 680,000 young readers across the country.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank encouraged community members to participate in the popular National Simultaneous Storytime events and help celebrate the love of reading.

“On Wednesday 23 May at 11am, our shire’s youngest readers will come together and be enthralled by the same Australian children’s book with other children from right across Australia, it truly is a memorable moment for all those involved,” she said.

“To help celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime there are a number of opportunities for grandparents, parents and children to enjoy the book together at a location close to home.

“For Portland based community members, National Simultaneous Storytime will take place at the Portland Library with special guest Cr Alistair McDonald reading to the audience.

“For those in Merino, the Merino Primary School will partner with Casterton based early education provider Kathleen Millikan Centre to offer a National Simultaneous Storytime event at the local primary school.

“Lastly Casterton audiences can celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime at the belated family friendly time at 11am on Saturday 26 May at the Casterton Library, with Cr Karen Stephens the guest reader for the event.”

For further information on the Portland and Casterton storytime events, please visit the Glenelg Libraries website or Facebook page.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association and aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.

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