Australian Reading Hour Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Written by on 5 September 2019

Ready, teddy go!

Bring your pre-schooler and their favourite toy to Dural on Thursday, September 19 for a special Australian Reading Hour Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Ellerman Park, next to Dural Library.

There will be a whole range of fun activities for the little ones, aged between two to five-years of age, from 11am to noon, including book reading, sing-alongs and parachute play.

Youngsters are invited to leave their tired teddy bears or cuddly toy for a sleepover at Dural Library after the FREE event and return the next day for special slideshow showing the shenanigans they got up to during the night.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said Australian Reading Hour is not just for kids and everyone is being invited to embrace the national literacy initiative.

“According to research, reading can reduce stress by 68 per cent which works better and faster than other relaxation methods, including listening to music, going for a walk or drinking a cup of tea,” Mayor Byrne said.

“The Hills Shire Library Service is encouraging people to pick-up a book and read for at least one hour to start the journey into habitual reading.

“Reading is such an important skill, especially for children, which helps to improve literacy, create identity, as well as setting them up for success in the future,” Mayor Byrne added. 

To add to the celebrations, renowned children’s author Tim Miller will be visiting Castle Hill Library on Wednesday, September 18 to read aloud some of his hilarious books. 

The special visit is FREE and is suitable for children in school years, Kindergarten to Year 2.

You can plan ahead by picking up some great bargains at The Friends of The Hills Library pop-up book sale on September 6 and 7.

Pre-loved books include children’s stories, youth fiction and adult fiction with books priced at either $1 or $2 (cash only). The book sale will be at Castle Hill Library from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, September 6 and from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday, September 7.

President of The Friends of The Hills Library, Lyn Cook encouraged residents to come to the library.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to grab a great read, while investing back into your local library,” Ms Cook said.

“Money raised will be used to purchase vital resources like those in the Dementia Awareness Collection,” she added.

For more information on the Teddy Bears Picnic or The Friends of The Hills Library book sale, visit The Hills Shire Council website ( and search “Library”.

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