It's a tall story but someone must tell it

23:06, Aug 18 2009

Cross-legged and hushed, 146 children waited for South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop to sit in his throne-like chair and read to them.

The pupils from Hawera and Mokoia Primary schools and other guests had gathered at Hawera Library to hear the mayor read to them as part of New Zealand's Biggest Storytime at Hawera Library

At 10.30am yesterday special guests in libraries across the country simultaneously read Itiiti's Gift, written by Kiwi author Melanie Drewery.

Librarian Kaye Lally told the eager listeners they were taking part in something really special.

"There are lots of children listening to the same story all over New Zealand."

The audience certainly appreciated the mayor's effort and he got a big round of applause when he'd finished the story about a girl who finds her talent.

The Biggest Storytime was one of many events run as part of this year's Library Week that runs until August 16.

The week has been celebrated for more than 35 years and the theme this year is Escape, Explore, Discover.

At some libraries there are competitions, treasure hunts and even lucky dips with books as prizes.

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