Stories and storytelling in the great outdoors

Do you like reading in the great outdoors? Families and community members in Clarence are now able to enjoy stories in the gardens of the Rosny Library.

Bank of us is supporting the Rosny Library StoryWalk through its Bank of useful ideas community initiative. The StoryWalk will provide the opportunity for children and adults to follow the story of “Tazzie the Turbo Chook”, through a series of story boards installed in the gardens of the library.

At the launch on Tuesday 14 June, the community was joined by the author, invited guests and students from local primary schools

Bank of us CEO Paul Ranson said the bank was proud to be involved with this project.

“It’s important to Bank of us that we can support local projects and local artists. As a customer owned bank, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of our community’s culture, including the creative arts culture and children’s literacy.”

The initiative is situated in the beautiful open area outside the library, where children and adults can read and relax on the lawns beneath the crab apple trees, or enjoy a picnic alongside our native birds, including a large family of Native Hens.

The StoryWalk is a reproduction of the book, “Tazzie, the Turbo Chook finds her feet” by local Tasmanian author and illustrator, Sonia Strong. It tells the story of Tazzie, a baby Native Hen, who, with the help of a cast of human and creature characters, wins against the evil deeds of a feral cat.

“This concept works on many levels. 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,” said author, Sonia Strong.

“Other 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 Bank of us for making this project possible.”

Libraries Tasmania and Bank of us are proud partners of this initiative, which aims to encourage a love of reading and the outdoors all at the same time.