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
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
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
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!