O the month of May, the merry month of May, at Libraries ACT

Released 30/04/2019

It is shaping up to be another exciting and informative month at Libraries ACT this May with a range of great events and programs for kids and adults, including writing workshops, educational theatre, a scar trees seminar and, of course, National Simultaneous Storytime.

Executive Branch Manager, Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said one of the highlights of May at Libraries are the Left Lane Outreach Theatre programs, which are aimed at pre-schoolers.

“The programs allow kids to learn about different environments, and explore these through an interactive story with puppets,” Ms Little said.

Left Lane Outreach Theatre: Little Star will be held at various ACT libraries on 4, 5, 11 and 12 May 2019. Kids can take off into deep space with Little Star and the lost rocket ship as they explore the planets, learn all about space and find confidence along the way.

“Following this, Left Lane Outreach Theatre: Little Fish will be held on 18, 19, 25 and 26 May 2019. Swim along with Little Fish and our sea-creature friends as they learn about environmental care and cleaning up their underwater home.

“May is not just for kids, we also have the next The Write Stuff writing workshop with Paul Collis on 8 May 2019 at Gungahlin. Join local academic and writer Dr Paul Collis in a writing workshop covering the language of poetry, and how to turn your story into poetry. Paul is a Barkindji person, born in Bourke, NSW. His first novel, Dancing Home, won the 2016 David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer, and received the ACT Book of the Year Award in 2018.

“The Tuggeranong Library will host the Scar Trees seminar on 6 May 2019 as part of the 2019 Canberra Tree Week celebrations. Presented by Adam Shipp from Yurbay, this is an opportunity to discover the cultural significance of trees to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“On Wednesday 22 May 2019 we will also take part in the nineteenth National Simultaneous Storytime. Libraries ACT is proud to take part in this year's National Simultaneous Storytime by reading the book Alpacas with Maracas, written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. This event is an annual campaign that aims to encourage young Australians and their parents and carers to read and enjoy books. Last year over one million Australians joined together to share the same story at the same time.

National Simultaneous Storytime is part of Library and Information Week 2019, which celebrates libraries and the range of services they offer. This year it runs from 22 to 26 May 2019. The theme for Library and Information Week is Truth, Integrity, Knowledge, to recognise all the ways that librarians and libraries support and further these ideals.

“I encourage everyone to take a look at our program of events for May, including our regular programs like Bilingual Story Time. If you’re not yet a member, consider visiting your local library where our friendly staff will be happy to show you around and talk about our services. We look forward to seeing you at one of our branches soon.”

All Libraries ACT programs and events are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information on the variety of programs and events and to book, visit www.library.act.gov.au or call 6205 9000.

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