Your library – ‘Imagine the Possibilities’

Published Monday, 1st June 2015

Fairfield Libraries are hosting events this week to celebrate and highlight Library and Information Week 2015.

This year’s theme, ‘Imagine’, aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals (librarians) in Australia. The week provides the community with the opportunity to find out about the wide range of services libraries offer, recognising the vital role they play for research and education.

Fairfield City Council encourages all residents to get involved to help celebrate and promote our libraries and the many services they provide. Part of Library and Information Week involves National Simultaneous Storytime.

“National Simultaneous Storytime took place in more than 3,100 locations and involved about 460,000 children last year,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said. “This event is a great way to engage young children and show them how much fun reading can be.”

Ensuring that more children in Fairfield City are involved in reading stories is a vital part of contributing towards a more literate society.”

For the second year, SBS Radio has partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to produce the book The Brothers Quibble in 16 different languages.

“One of those languages is Vietnamese and this book will be read at a special event at the Whitlam Library, Cabramatta, by SBS Radio presenter Trinh Nguyen,” Mayor Carbone said.

Event Details:

Monday 25 May – Australia’s Favourite Books

Launch of Library and Information Week and the announcement of Australia’s Favourite Book.

Smithfield Library: Book reading 10.30am onwards

Tuesday 26 May – National Library Technician’s Day

This day is an opportunity to promote Library staff and their roles and achievements.

Wednesday 27 May – National Simultaneous Storytime

Every year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously across libraries, schools, child-care centres and many other places across the country.

Fairfield Libraries will participate in National Simultaneous Storytime with all libraries reading the children’s book, The Brothers Quibble.

Whitlam Library, Cabramatta

Book reading in English and Vietnamese 10.30am–11.30am

English Reading with Mayor Frank Carbone. Vietnamese Reading with Trinh Nguyen

FREE face painting

Craft workshop

Bonnyrigg Library

Book reading 10.30am–11.30am

Thursday 28 May – Libraries celebrate Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

Come along in support of the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea. The libraries invite residents to come along and join them at the following locations:

Whitlam Library, Cabramatta


Fairfield Library

10am–11.30am. A gold coin donation will get you a cup of coffee or tea with some biscuits.

Friday 29 May – Storytime ‘The Brothers Quibble’

Whitlam Library, Fairfield Library and Wetherill Park Library

Book reading 10.30am–11.30am

FREE face painting at Fairfield Library

Facts about National Simultaneous Storytime:

  • It is held annually as part of Library and Information Week
  • It is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and is in its 15th year.
  • It aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.

For more information please contact the Library: Bonnyrigg (9725 0339), Cabramatta (9725 0365), Fairfield (9725 0369), Smithfield (9725 0371), Wetherill Park (9725 0338).


Media enquiries: Suzie Sekulic, Assistant Communications and Marketing Officer. Phone: 9725 0166