Libraries join in simultaneous storytime
Libraries across Australia (11am their time) and New Zealand read Hickory Dickory Dash as part of National Simultaneous Storytime at 1pm on Wednesday, May 23.
Dannevirke Library invited the Year 1 and 2 classes from local schools to visit and the response has been amazing with South and St Joseph’s bringing children along — close to 100 in number.
Organised by the Australian and New Zealand Library Associations, ALIA and LIANZA, the library read Hickory Dickory Dash and other stories to the children.
Head librarian Nikki Price says, “Even though ALIA have been running this event uninterrupted, New Zealand libraries have not participated for a number of years so it is wonderful we can again participate.”
The children certainly enjoyed the experience which was a reading of a different kind of book compared with their usual fare. The author of Hickory Dickory Dash took the famous nursery rhyme and added a twist in which the mouse which ran up the clock temporarily lost its babies and had to find them before the clock struck one. Add a ferocious cat into the mix and the adventure was very exciting for the children, the story having a happy ending of course.
Nikki Price read the story showing the beautiful illustrations and encouraging the children to interact.
The request for “one more story” by a 5-year-old was happily rewarded with two more stories about Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Bears. This time she was assisted by assistant chief librarian Heather Taylor who kept asking thoughtprovoking questions about the story.
All the Tararua libraries were involved on the day. The bad weather in Pahiatua resulted in the library going to St Anthony’s School rather than the other way around but both Eketahuna and Woodville hosted preschoolers and all had fun.
Throughout Australasia 8255 schools, libraries, childcare and preschool facilities and communities were involved on the day with over one million students participating.
YEAR 1 and 2 children from St Joseph’s and South schools pretend to have mouse ears as they listen to Hickory Dickory Dash.
HEAD Librarian Nikki Price shows two pages from the Hickory Dickory Dash book.