Li­braries join in si­mul­ta­ne­ous sto­ry­time

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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.

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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.

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