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Western Downs celebrates Book Week with giggles and good times

Comedian Sean Murphy will host a virtual Book Party! as part of Book Week celebrations

Families from across the region are being invited to share in the magic of reading, with Western Downs Libraries hosting a series of interactive events to celebrate National Book Week from 17 to 23 October.

Western Downs Libraries are hosting a series of storytime sessions throughout Book Week for kids of all ages, as well as partnering with comedian Sean Murphy to deliver a virtual Book Party!.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said this year’s Book Week festivities were a fun and interactive way to get kids involved in reading.

“Book Week has become a hugely popular event celebrated right across the country, which promotes the importance of developing early literacy skills by making it fun and exciting for families to engage in,” Cr Maguire said.

“This year Western Downs Libraries is hosting four dedicated Book Week storytime sessions at Dalby, Chinchilla and Tara, where participants are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character and celebrate with their community.

“We’ve also added something new this year, with comedian Sean Murphy hosting a virtual Book Party! so kids can be involved from the comfort of their own home.

Book Party! Is an interactive online workshop best-suited to children aged 5 to 11 and will feature Sean on a hilarious new adventure to discover the world’s greatest book-inspired games.

“Our libraries are such great places to visit and explore and I encourage families to be a part of our active, vibrant communities and share in the celebrations.”

Book Party! will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday 21 October from 4-5pm. If residents are unable to access from home, they’re encouraged to get in touch with their local library to join in from a library computer.

Reservations are essential for all Storytime sessions as well as Book Party! as places are limited.

All events are COVID safe and social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

To find out more, contact your local library or visit the Western Downs Libraries website:

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