Point Cook library participates in Simultaneous Storytime

As Point Cook children’s librarian Monica Kennedy read from the pages of Josh Pyke’s picture book “Family Tree” to children attending the storytelling session, thousands of children across the country settled in to listen to their librarian.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an event held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association where children in libraries, schools and nurseries read from a pre-selected book.

Kennedy believes the storytelling session encourages a love of books and reading while also celebrating Australian authors.

“Sharing books with children on a daily basis has been shown to give them a head start of at least six months when they begin their school trip,” she said.

“We want them to come to the library to see that reading can be a pleasurable experience and for parents to get ideas to keep their kids engaged with books.”

Ms. Kenney said the kids “absolutely love” stories and she enjoys building relationships with the families who attend.

“A lot of these kids that we’ve seen babies too, one girl came to ‘babytime’ with her little sister and I was like, ‘oh wow, you always came to babytime,'” she said.

“It’s a great way to build connections within the community.”

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