Storytimes, parties and plays

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Newcastle Region Library has been celebrating Children’s Book Week all this week and we’ve got some info on how you can get amongst the action.

Book Week is a celebration of the joy and importance of reading and highlights Australia’s many talented authors and illustrators for children. This year’s theme is Connect to Reading – Reading to Connect. The Children’s Book Council of Australia kicks off the week with the announcement of the Book of the Year Award winners on Friday 15 August.

Over 1000 children have booked to attend the Newcastle Region Library program, which will include storytimes, parties and plays. The activities will be held across all Newcastle region libraries. The highlight of the program will be a magical play developed and performed by Newcastle Region Library in conjunction with Tantrum Youth Arts. The performance will feature short listed books and a great heap of fun for K-3 students.
Scheduled events and activities from August 18 to Friday 22 August.

Reading to Connect
See the Short List come alive in this magical play developed and performed by Tantrum Youth Arts in conjunction with Newcastle Region Library. The performance includes audience participation and a great heap of fun!
45 minute activity | Cost: gold coin donation | Age: K – 3 students

Book Week Alive!
Our talented library team present a selection of short listed picture books using drama, stories and song.
45 minute activity | Cost: FREE | Age: K – 2 students

Book Week Storytime
Join Sally for a special storytime featuring this year’s Book Week short listed books. Enjoy stories, songs and craft. Cost: FREE

Book Week Hoedown
Come on down to the farm for Book Week stories, fun and some serious boot scootin’. Wear your cowgirl/boy clothes!

The Reading Hour
Join us for special family storytimes as we join with libraries and families across Australia to READ. We’ll be reading a few old favourites as well as some newer books that celebrate reading and our love of books. Bring your family’s favourite to share!
1 hour activity | Cost: FREE | Age: K – 3 students

Book Week Party
You are invited to the 2014 Children’s Book Week Party. Enjoy stories, games, food and fun. Come as your all time favourite book character.
Bookings required | Cost: $3

For enquiries and bookings please call 4974 5324 or 4985 6692 or visit

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