Library Advocacy & Lobbying: National Simultaneous Storytime (Australia)

This is the first year in many that I have not been involved with National Simultaneous Storytime – this is due to the fact that I am now at a University Library and so there isn’t really a need for it. I have to say that I certainly missed it this morning 🙂

International Librarians Network

NSS-Webpage-Banner_0 Today, as a part of Library and Information Week in Australia, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) runs an annual event called National Simultaneous Storytime, in which at 11am on a day in May (this year it’s today, 21 May 2014), children all around Australia are read the same story at the same time.

 According to the ALIA website, in 2013 over 430,000 children at over 2,500 events participated in National Simultaneous Storytime with guest storytellers from all walks of life, ranging from local librarians and teachers, right through to the then Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. You can check out the Storify from last years event for photos from around Australia.

ALIA states that:

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.

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About DitchTheBun

I work in a Public Library full time as the Reference & Information Services Librarian. It is a full on, busy role with much variety and many challenges and I love it! I love being able to be part of selecting books for our library service too, so amazing!!! I love the idea of thinking about our patrons and what they might enjoy reading. I have strange sometimes very outside the box ideas that I want to try at work, I just need to convince others of how awesome my ideas are. Saving the Library, one awesome plan at a time. Hmm... I need a cape - all the awesome super heroes have a cape! View all posts by DitchTheBun

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