Reading from the same page at storytime event

21st May 2024

Young bookworms from around the region will be able to join in the fun of National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on May 22 at the Guyra library.
This national event is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
Now in its 23rd successful year, this colourful and vibrant event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
The NSS book for 2024 is Bowerbird Blues, by Aura Parker, that stars a beautiful bowerbird on the search for blue. It’s a moving story of longing and connection, that unfolds as the bowerbird’s search sends him soaring across the sea, sky and city. He swoops and snatches vibrant treasures for his collection, and soon his bower – a mix of natural and unnatural objects – attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined.
More than 2.18 million participants at over 59,000 locations participated in the storytelling event in 2023, making it the biggest and most successful NSS to date.
The NSS will take place at on Wednesday May 22 in Guyra Library. Arrival from 11:45am and book reading by a special guest reader at 12noon and the event will be held in the council chambers.
Guyra children aged 4 to Year 2 can enter a colouring competition, entry forms will be available from the library and entries are due by May 17. All ages are welcome and bookings are essential.