Kindergarten children enjoy storytelling session

A number of local kindergarten children participated in this year's National Simultaneous Storytime session at Bordertown's Carol Murray Children's Centre last Wednesday.

In its 19th year, National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Last year in Australia, over 1,062,230 participants in over 8255 locations took part in National Simultaneous Storytime.

The picture books selected for the storytelling session are written and illustrated by Australian authors and illustrators.

Bordertown Public Library's Rachel McLellan led this year's session, as the children were read the picture book Alpacas with Maracas.

"This year's choice of picture book was about two friends who enter a talent show," Mrs McLellan said.

"It's a fun story of friendship, having a go and enjoying yourself regardless of whether you come first or last. The story also lent itself to some fun activities."

After reading the story, Mrs McLellan and staff from the Carol Murray Children's Centre engaged the children with songs and finger plays related to the book.

She also brought a herd of knitted alpacas for the story telling. The toys were donated by the library's 'Up for a Yarn' group which meets monthly in the library and were knitted in all shapes, colours and sizes.

Along with the donated alpacas, two grandmothers of children who attend Carol Murray Children's Centre also knitted toy alpacas that were used during the session.

The toys will now be used as props for the children's centre's story tables, which are designed to encourage the children to re-tell and recount stories.

All the children who participated in this year's event thoroughly enjoyed the activities provided by Mrs McLellan and the centre staff.