Dreaming with eyes open

Book Week will be celebrated at Mount Gambier Library, with families with children invited to an evening of activities and pizza on Thursday 25 August at 5:30pm.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week since 1945. The 2022 theme is Dreaming with eyes open and runs from 20 to 26 August 2022.

Mount Gambier Library Children & Youth Services Coordinator Kelly Lynch said the Library is celebrating with four different activities for children of all ages to enjoy, along with a special visit by local author and Boandik Elder, Aunty Michelle, who will be reading a Dreamtime Story.

“Aunty Michelle is an engaging storyteller passionate about preserving the Boandik culture and educating children and families. Her energy will ignite a child’s love of reading and leave a lasting impression,” Ms Lynch said.

Children will have the opportunity to choose from:

• Illustrate Your Dream Self – awaken your creativity with a facilitated character drawing workshop by a local published illustrator.

• The Magic of Dreamtime – learning about Dreamtime Stories and creating sand art.

• Digital Dreams – you will be transported to another world using virtual reality.

• Dreaming While Awake – enjoy the relaxing dream state of guided meditation by a local practitioner.

With a pizza dinner provided, families are required to book by calling Mount Gambier Library 08 8721 2540.

Other events during the week will showcase some of the shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of the Year books during storytime on Tuesday 23 August 10:30am, with staff in full costumes throughout the day!

CBCA is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that aims to engage the nation with literature for young Australians. It presents annual awards to books of literary merit and outstanding Australian children’s literature contributions.

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