READING FUN: Children participate in National Simultaneous Storytime at Dalby Shoppingworld - the new centre for books .
READING FUN: Children participate in National Simultaneous Storytime at Dalby Shoppingworld - the new centre for books . Emily Bradfield

Making room for reading

CHILDREN from around the country cast their eyes to the same book on Wednesday to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime, with some taking part from Dalby Shoppingworld, as part of a new plan to make books available to the community.

DALBY Shoppingworld is seeking donations to set up a free book exchange, allowing members of the community to trade a book they've read for one they haven't.

The project, which should be up and running by mid-June, will work on the basis of 'take a book, leave a book'.

Marketing manager Jennifer Chard said the idea was to get the community involved in the centre.

"We're hoping it will give people of all ages something to do and feel a part of,” she said.

The book exchange has been met positively by locals who have already started to send in their donations.

"We've had a massive reaction and a lot of good feedback,” Ms Chard said.

"Anyone from young people to old people have been bringing in books as well as staff around the centre, it's been really good so far, but we are chasing more.”

Donations of fiction, non-fiction and children's books can be taken to Centre Management.


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