17 May 2016 Library Fun for All Ages

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Nearly half a million children across Australia will be enjoying ‘I Got This Hat’ at exactly the same time on May 25 when they take part in National Simultaneous Storytime – just one of the many activities on offer in Library and Information Week from May 23 – 29.

Every year a picture book is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, homes and bookshops around Australia. This year’s choice is ‘I Got This Hat’ by Jol Temple, Kate Temple and Jon Foye - a lively picture book about hats from all over the world that appeals to the very youngest book-lovers. Everyone is welcome to come along to the Harry Bailey Memorial Library at 11am on Wednesday, May 25, to take part. No bookings are required.

The theme for this year’s Library and Information Week is ‘Discover More through your library and information service’.

Local library-lovers will be encouraged to ‘Discover More’ with a display of new titles available for loan. Each library will also be promoting a range of ‘readers’ advisory tools’ to help readers discover what they might like to read next. Through the Week, ‘staff picks’ of titles that library staff have read and enjoyed will be promoted to encourage people to chat with staff over the books they love.

The Week will also feature the launch of former Sawtell author Jenn McLeod’s latest novel, which is set in Coffs Harbour.

Introduced by Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, Jenn will be speaking at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 26.  The Book Warehouse will be selling copies of all of Jenn’s books on the night and Jenn is happy to sign copies. Bookings are essential. For more information or to book online see http://tinyurl.com/JennMcLeodAuthorTalk

All three local libraries will also be hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, on Thursday, May 26, from 10am. Members of the community are invited to come along and share a cup of tea and some delicious treats while having a chat with library staff to ‘Discover More’. No bookings are required. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Council and visitors may just come away with a new favourite book!