Events were held in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone, with Cassilis hosting their event next week.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Wayne Bedggood said that this is the 16th year libraries around Australia have participated in this campaign run by the Australian Library and Information Association.
“Its purpose is to promote the value of literacy by encouraging young Australians to read and enjoy books.
“Each year a children’s book exploring age appropriate themes and addressing key learning areas of the National Curriculum for grades 1 to 6, is chosen to be read at 11:00am on the last Wednesday in May.
“This year’s book is ‘I Got This Hat’ by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye,” Mayor Bedggood said.
In Scone the book was read by Patricia Molyneux and 12 Year 3 students from the Scone Grammar School. Students from Scone Public School, Scone Grammar School, St Mary’s Primary School, Scone and District Pre-School, Yellow Cottage, Upper Hunter Family Day Care and Upper Hunter Early Learning Centre attended this event.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Librarian, Sharyn Bancroft said that the 12 students that helped to read and act out the book each wore a hat that coordinated with a page in the book.
“The students performed dances such as the Mexican hat dance, and highland fling. These students used their voice and body language to indicate the character of the person whom the hat belonged to,” Mrs Bancroft said.
Students from Aberdeen Pre-School attended the Aberdeen Library event and listened to Andrew Dallah from the Aberdeen Fire Brigade read. Andrew also kindly brought two different types of fire helmets and explained what they are used for and let the children try them on.
Merriwa Library had the pleasure of hosting the Kindergarten and Year 1 students from Merriwa Central with Mark Shields the Library Assistant reading.
Blandford Public School, Murrurundi Public School School and Murrurundi Pre-School attended the event at the Murrurundi Library. Glenda Stace a resident of Murrurundi read the book to the children present. Glenda brought along a wonderful assortment of hats from her personal collection. The children enthusiastically read along with loud voices and shared their knowledge about the various styles of hats featured.
Storytime in Murrurundi was capped off with singing and dancing as the hats were passed around the circles of children, who shared poems, nursery rhymes, songs and dance relating to the hat on their heads.
Cassilis Library will be hosting their event next week, Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 11.00am to coincide with a visit from Toy Box. All are welcome to attend.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood wished to thank those who attended the storytime readings that have occurred and the wonderful support from our schools, pre-schools, learning centres, day cares and community groups.
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