Library to hold storytime for children during Book Week

Children’s Librarian Barjinder Kaur, Penrith Mayor John Thain and Library Services Manager Sara Dean with one of the books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Children’s Librarian Barjinder Kaur, Penrith Mayor John Thain and Library Services Manager Sara Dean with one of the books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Penrith Library will hold a storytime for children as part of Book Week, which begins today (August 21).

Now in its 72nd year, Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, and the theme for 2017 is Escape to Everywhere. 

Mayor John Thain said it was a fun event for both young bookworms and library staff alike.

“Book Week is always a fun time, not only for the young children in our community but also library staff who invariably embrace the theme by dressing up as some of Australian literature’s favourite characters”, Cr Thain said in a statement.

“Storytime for preschoolers is one of our library’s most popular activities and during Book Week this year our Storytime will take on an added dimension.

“Our talented librarians will dress up in character costume at St Marys and St Clair and act out two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in the book of the year competition. These books are Chips by Kylie Howarth and Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan.”

Penrith Library will hold its storytime from 10.30am to 11.30am this Wednesday, August 23, with St Marys taking part at the same time tomorrow (August 22) and St Clair at the same time on Thursday, August 24.

“Book Week is just one of the fabulous events, activities and services run by our libraries to suit different ages and interests throughout the entire year,” Cr Thain said.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres also joined library staff to encourage Book Week participation.

Through the Children's Book Council of Australia, Book Week brings children and books, authors, illustrators, schools and libraries together to celebrate Australian children’s literature, he said.

“Whether reading an Australian classic like The Magic Pudding or one of Treehouse series, Book Week is the perfect time to encourage our children to discover the joy of reading,” said Mr Ayres.

Go to Penrith City Library’s Facebook page for more details on Book Week activities, or contact Barjinder Kaur on 4732 7890.