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On Wednesday, 24 May, Mandurah Libraries launched our Intergenerational Storytime Project at National Simultaneous Storytime.
The Intergenerational Storytime Program aims to bring together children and seniors throughout the community, in schools and in care facilities.
The Project is part of the City’s plan to become a dementia-friendly community, aiming to decrease social isolation, inspire creativity and challenge negative stereotypes.
This launch was facilitated across four different locations across Mandurah, with approximately 120 children and 40 seniors enjoying National Simultaneous Storytime.
The participating stakeholders two daycare centres, two primary schools, two care facilities, the Silverchain social club, local families that attend storytime and rhymetime, Mandurah Libraries and Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre.
The Cow Tripped over the Moon was read by Mayor Vergone at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre, Councillor Jane Field at Goodstart Greenfields Daycare Centre and Mandurah Library, and by John Hughes, Manager of Libraries, Learning Arts and Culture, at Riverside Primary School.
As part of the launch for Intergenerational Storytime, each of the participating stakeholders were also given a copy of the The Cow Tripped over the Moon, by Tony Wilson, as part of a dementia-friendly Make with Me kit with craft activity instructions and a template.