National Simultaneous Storytime event in Scone a hit with children

THE power of reading aloud together was demonstrated in Scone today as hundreds of children participated in National Simultaneous Storytime.

The annual event is now in its 19th year and the excitement seen demonstrates its popularity.

Students at libraries in Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrrurundi and Scone joined thousands of children around the country to all hear the same Australian story at the same time.

More than 300 children heard the story 'Alpacas with Maracas' written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove at Council Chambers in Scone.

Students from Scone Grammar School acted out the story as it was read.

There was even a visit by live alpacas thanks to Stuart and Fiona Marshall from Towarri Alpacas at Wingen.

Students from The Yellow Cottage, Scone and District Preschool, St Mary's and Scone Public School also participated, while council talked about their new Upper Hunter Shire Libraries program, '1000 Books Before School'.