What an incredible year it was for National Simultaneous Storytime 2022! Over 2 million registered participants joined in on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 11:00am to read Family Tree by Australian singer and songwriter Josh Pyke. From more than 59,000 locations including libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, and many other places around the country.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Now in its 22nd successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
Check out some highlights from the events that were held across Myli – My Community Library below:
Wonthaggi Library hosted a fun morning with around 50 children and teachers with us for NSS, plus guest reader, Bass Coast Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Leticia Laing, and Bernadette Kennedy, Deputy CEO Myli – My Community Library.
Bec from Phillip Island and San Remo Library visited Nurture One Cowes Children’s Centre with guest reader Bass Coast Shire Cr David Rooks and then travelled to San Remo Pre- School with guest reader Bass Coast Shire Cr Bruce Kent.
Rowanne from the Waterline Community Library had a fun morning at the Bass Valley Kindergarten sharing the NSS book Family Tree and a simple craft activity with 25 exuberant children.
Guest reader, Friends of Inverloch Library (FOIL) president Ann Both hosted a fantastic NSS with children at Inverloch library. There were lots of songs, dancing and stories before the kids joined in a tree craft activity afterwards.
Heather from Korumburra library trekked up the hill to Karmai Children’s centre for NSS. She hosted an audience of 53 beautifully well-behaved children and 8 adult staff members. They sat outside in the sunshine and talked about the library, sang songs including ‘Home Amongst the Gum Trees’ and 5 Cheeky Monkeys and read the NSS book The Family Tree after a countdown to 11am.
Foster library staff and South Gippsland Shire Cr Adrian Darakai visited Prom Coast Children’s Centre for a fabulous NSS reading.
Mirboo North library hosted 2 groups of preps to enjoy the book and Lego activities afterwards. They focused on the storyteller of the book being the tree, and the kids used their imagination to be the storyteller of the Lego.
Baw Baw Shire, special guest, Phil, former Storytime presenter and Michelle hosted a super NSS at Drouin library. Around 60 adults, children and babies enjoyed Phil reading ‘The Family Tree.’ Phil and Michelle revisited their ‘I Got This Hat’ skit and introduced a new one- ‘Mrs Honey’s Hat’!
It was a fun morning at Warragul library with the Grace Berglund Kinder. VIP guest Baw Baw Shire Deputy Mayor Cr Anne-Marie McCabe read the NSS book to the group.
It was a great day of fun with so many happy faces, all glad to be back in the library again. We can’t wait to do it all again in 2023!