Tak­ing the story for a pleas­ant walk out­side

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

CAM­PASPE Re­gional Li­brary Ser­vices will be com­bin­ing the love of read­ing with the out­doors, of­fer­ing an in­no­va­tive out­door read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘Sto­ry­walk’ will be held as part of the Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14.

Held at Echuca Li­brary, Sto­ry­walk of­fers an in­ter­ac­tive op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to en­gage in read­ing while out­side.

Lam­i­nated pages from a chil­dren's book will be dis­played along the path­way out­side the li­brary, with chil­dren and fam­i­lies di­rected to the next page of the story as they walk along the trail.

“We like to make the out­door ex­pe­ri­ence fun. Through Sto­ry­walk, chil­dren col­lect lit­tle stick­ers as they fol­low the story and then place them on a spe­cial pic­ture at the end,’’ Li­brary Ser­vices man­ager Jenny Mustey said.

“Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring along a pic­nic morn­ing/af­ter­noon tea or even lunch and en­joy Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour cel­e­bra­tions on the lawn area out­side the li­brary or at the aquatic re­serve.

“The premise (of Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour) is sim­ple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour.’’

Aus­tralians claim read­ing is their num­ber one en­joy­able leisure ac­tiv­ity and re­search shows read­ing re­duces stress by 68 per cent.

It works faster than lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, go­ing for a walk, or en­joy­ing a cup of tea.

Sto­ry­walk will be of­fered at the Echuca Li­brary from 10am – 5pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour, you can go to www.aus­tralian­read­inghour.org.au

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