ON Wednesday morning people Australia-wide huddled around and shared stories.
Everyone remembers being read stories at day care, at school and at bedtime and the idea of storytime was celebrated nationally on Wednesday at 11am.
National Simultaneous Storytime was held at Bowral Library, which joined in the national event with other libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
This year's picture book Too Many Elephants in this House by Australian author Ursula Dubosarksy was read by Wingecarribee Public Library children's and youth services librarian Juliana Glumac to a crowd of youngsters and their parents.
Children huddled around Ms Glumac with enthusiasm and captivation as they listened to the story of a young boy with too many pet Elephants. After storytime, the children enjoyed arts and crafts with Ms Glumac.
National Simultaneous Storytime is in its 14th year and aims to encourage the value of reading and literacy, the value and fun of books, support an Australian writer and publisher and promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country. In 2013 more than 430,000 children in more than 2500 locations around Australia participated in National Simultaneous Storytime.