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Story time at Rosny Library

FAMILIES and community members can now enjoy a story in the gardens of the Rosny Library, after the recent launch of the library’s new StoryWalk project.

The StoryWalk features a series of story boards placed in the garden of the library, with each board representing a page from the children’s book ‘Tazzie the Turbo Chook Finds her Feet’ by Tasmanian author and illustrator Sonia Strong.

Created with the support of Bank of us and its Bank of useful ideas community initiative, the new display is designed as a reading and literacy activity that also promotes outdoor activity and health for families, with each panel inviting the reader to participate in a fun activity in addition to reading the story.

Children and adults are able to follow the story of Tazzie the Turbo Chook, a baby native hen who, with the help of a cast of human and creature characters, thwarts the evil deeds of a feral cat.

The StoryWalk can be found in the open area outside the library. Children and adults can read and relax on the lawns beneath the crab apple trees, or enjoy a picnic alongside the native birds – including a large family of native hens.

Author Sonia Strong has been involved in StoryWalk projects in Kingborough and is excited to see the initiative expand to the Eastern Shore.

“The StoryWalk concept works on many levels,” she said.

“Not only does it suit the more active kids who may struggle to concentrate while sitting down and reading a whole book, but it also encourages the bookworms to get out in nature and move more.

“The StoryWalk projects I’ve been involved with in Kingborough have been well received and I’m excited to now have one installed over this side of the river for the Clarence community to enjoy.

“I’m very grateful to the Rosny Library and the Bank of us for making this project possible.”