Read­ing hour cap­ti­vates

GUEST READ­ERS DE­LIGHT CHIL­DREN AT THE LI­BRARY

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Sion­nie Kelly Con­cen­trat­ing:

Cap­ti­vated:

Chil­dren sat cap­ti­vated as a range of dif­fer­ent guest read­ers read to them for Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour at Shep­par­ton Li­brary on Thurs­day.

The Rain­bow Fish by Mar­cus Pfis­ter ap­peared to be a pop­u­lar book among chil­dren from Shep­par­ton’s Arthur Dick­mann Chil­dren’s Cen­tre who gath­ered close to for­mer AFL player Luke Low­den to hear him read it.

City of Greater Shep­par­ton Mayor Dinny Adem and Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Preece also took time out of their busy sched­ules to de­light chil­dren with their sto­ry­telling.

The Aus­tralian Read­ing Hour is a na­tional pro­gram that en­cour­ages peo­ple to put aside an hour of their day and read a book and was held from 10.30 am to 11.30 am at Shep­par­ton Li­brary.

Chil­dren and youth ser­vices li­brar­ian Emma Kennedy said it was a re­ally great way to en­cour­age peo­ple to read.

‘‘Read­ing adds so much to peo­ple’s lives, it re­duces stress in adults more than a cup of tea or tak­ing a walk and for chil­dren it helps them learn their iden­tity and feel con­fi­dent in them­selves, it just im­proves life in gen­eral,’’ she said.

Mr Low­den, who now plays foot­ball for Shep­par­ton United, said he re­ally en­joyed read­ing The Rain­bow Fish to the many chil­dren gath­ered at his feet.

‘‘It’s one of my favourite books from when I was a kid so when I got the op­por­tu­nity to do this, that’s what I wanted to read out — and I thought I read it okay,’’ he said.

‘‘It was good fun and think the kids en­joyed it.’’ Read­ing: Rain­bow Fish. Hav­ing fun: The I Fan of books:

Watch­ing on: (RIGHT) Maisie McGregor, 4, Zara Wil­son, 4, and Eric Robert­son, 3, lis­ten to City of Greater Shep­par­ton Mayor Dinny Adem read a book.

(LEFT) For­mer AFL player Luke Low­den reads his favourite child­hood book

Pic­tures: Julie Mercer

(RIGHT) City of Greater Shep­par­ton Mayor Dinny Adem reads to the chil­dren.

Moses McIn­tosh, 4, en­joys be­ing read to.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Preece en­joys read­ing.

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