Cr Heather Morrow did a great “Cranky Bear” for Katelin Poless, 4, of Churchill and Kai Noble, 4, of Ipswich Family Daycare.
Cr Heather Morrow did a great “Cranky Bear” for Katelin Poless, 4, of Churchill and Kai Noble, 4, of Ipswich Family Daycare. Queensland Times

Kids pack out library for story

BUDDING bookworms packed out the Ipswich Library for the National Simultaneous Storytime event yesterday.

Scores of Ipswich youngsters enjoyed the story of The Very Cranky Bear, along with thousands of other Australian children who were read the same picture book at precisely 11am.

Councillors David Pahlke, Heather Morrow and Victor Attwood showed off their storytelling skills, as Ipswich libraries joined the event.

National Simultaneous Storytime is in its 12th year, and is aimed at celebrating the role that libraries, schools and communities play in developing children's literacy and numeracy skills.

Ipswich Libraries Committe chairman Cr Pahlke said the event acknowledged the work of the Ipswich Library and Information Service.

"This nationwide reading effort takes on a special significance during 2012, which is actually the National Year of Reading," Cr Pahlke said.

"Throughout the year, Ipswich libraries are doing everything they can to promote reading and its wonderful benefits for all ages."

Cr Pahlke said local libraries hosted regular children's storytime sessions throughout the year.

The Ipswich Library, Redbank Plaza Library and Redbank Plains Library host storytime sessions.

Visit ipswich.library.qld.gov.au to find out more about the sessions.

The Very Cranky Bear is written by Nick Bland.



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