Librarians take the shhh out of reading

NOWRA Library has won a state prize for its Book Week Roadshow, a travelling version of the annual Book Week reader’s theatre that involves two books, four librarians, stacks of props and a lot of fun. 

The roadshow toured eight local primary schools in early September acting out There’s Too Many Elephants in this House and The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog.

Children’s and youth services co-ordinator Jessica Green said the librarians wanted to reach the many children who couldn’t make it into the Nowra Library.

“We act out the books with props and things. It’s a whole heap of fun with a lot of laughter, it’s usually off the top of our heads,” said Ms Green.

“Buses are expensive and schools have a lot on their plate. We thought it would be easier for us to go to them.

“It’s lovely to be acknowledged in the library world. About 2000 kids came through the week in the Nowra Library and we think about 1500 kids saw us in the schools.”

This is the second year the roadshow has toured and the second year the library has won a NSW Public Libraries Marketing Award. 

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash congratulated the Nowra Library for its hard work on an innovative and exciting program.

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