'Storywalk' for Australian Reading Hour

11 September 2017 - Media release 

Campaspe Regional Library Services will be combining the love of reading with the outdoors, by offering the innovative outdoor reading experience, a “Storywalk”, as part of the Australian Reading Hour on Thursday, 14 September.

Library Services Manager Jenny Mustey said that The Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read and to celebrate with families, and Storywalk will be offered at the Echuca Library from 10am – 5pm.

“The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour. The community is invited to head down to the Echuca Library and be part of Australia’s biggest celebration of books and reading,” Ms Mustey said.

Storywalk is an interactive and delightful way for children to engage in reading whilst spending time outdoors. Laminated pages from a children's book will be displayed along the pathway outside the library. As children and families walk along the trail, they will be directed to the next page of the story. The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Vermont, United States.

“We like to make the outdoor experience fun and through Storywalk, children collect little stickers as they follow the story and then place them on a special picture at the end.”

“Families are encouraged to bring along a picnic morning/afternoon tea or even lunch and enjoy Australian Reading Hour celebrations on the lawn area outside the library or at the aquatic reserve,” Ms Mustey said.

Australians claim reading is their number one enjoyable leisure activity and research shows that reading reduces stress by 68%. It works faster than listening to music, going for a walk, or enjoying a cup of tea. Of course, reading not only makes us feel good, it’s also an important life skill.

Campaspe Regional Library Service’s five branches runs reading-related activities all year round, including Book Clubs, children’s storytime, meet the author events and National Simultaneous Storytime, but the Australian Reading Hour is the one event that everyone can take part in.

“It’s for all ages and all interests, and you can do it at any time of the day or night. If you can’t join us at the library, come in and borrow a book to take home with you for later,” Ms Mustey said.

For more information about the Australian Reading Hour, visit www.australianreadinghour.org.au