Councillor tells tales

WELLINGTON Shire Council will promote the value of children’s reading and literacy by taking part in National Simultaneous Story Time at the Sale Library next Wednesday, May 22, from 11am.

Cr Emilie Davine will read the selected book to children at the same time as in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and around the country.

This year’s book, The Wrong Book, by Nick Bland which is about Nicholas Ickle trying to tell a story.

He keeps getting interrupted by characters from other stories including a pirate, a queen and monsters.

To get a chance to tell his story, he has to convince the others that they are in the wrong book.

This book will also be read at shire libraries during the standard story telling time.

Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti said encouraging children to read at an early age had many benefits.

“It has a positive effect on their reading and thinking skills, assists in the development of their numeracy skills and can lead to a lifelong love of learning and literature,” he said.

Cr Rossetti said there had been increased growth in children visiting the library and subsequent loans.

Now in its 13th year, National Simultaneous Story Time aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children’s book that explores age appropriate themes.

For more information visit www.alia.org.au