Library staff renew love of reading through Book Week costumes

Redland City Council Library staff will be dressing as their favourite book characters and highlighting the importance of reading during Book Week, from 21-27 August 2021.

Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia was a time for everyone to celebrate books and to highlight amazing Australian authors and illustrators.

“This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ and what better way to escape to worlds unknown than through the portal of a book,” she said.

“Reading is for everyone and you don’t need to be an expert.

“It’s also never too early to start reading to your children or engaging them with storytelling.

“You don’t have to limit yourself to printed books either, as our digital libraries have a wonderful trove of resources for you to download, listen to and cherish.

“If you are looking for recommendations you can also ask our library staff for a list of the shortlisted nominations for the Book of the Year Awards and request a copy through our libraries catalogue.

“All you need to unlock new worlds is a library card. Becoming a library member is free and you can sign up either in one of our branches or through the Redland City Council Library app.”

The libraries have organised a special Book Week reading at Redland District Special School on Monday, and staff will dress up for First 5 Forever programs held at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba Libraries from Tuesday to Thursday and at the Wellington Point Reserve Pop Up Library on Friday.

There are also Book Week-themed digital resources available for children, through Borrowbox and Library apps.

“Library staff are very excited about Book Week and the chance to dress up, and are encouraging children who visit the library to dress up as their favourite characters as well,” Cr Williams said.

For more information on Redland City Council Libraries, including how to join and details on the First 5 Forever programs, visit the library website.

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