Come as your best superhero

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey librarians Ruth Campbell-Hicks, Salli Watt and Arlene Abaquin are ready to prove reading is their super power for National Book Week.
Camera IconHarvey librarians Ruth Campbell-Hicks, Salli Watt and Arlene Abaquin are ready to prove reading is their super power for National Book Week. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

Superhero lasers and flying are hard to come by, and although we might get bitten by a spider every now and then, the chances of gaining any kind of spidey-sense is pretty low.

But for the majority of us, reading is a skill we can use which can open the doors of our imaginations to new worlds, new information and new ideas.

“Reading is my super power is this year’s theme from Book Week,” Harvey’s principal librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks said.

She and fellow librarians Salli Watt and Arlene Abaquin decided to dress up as superheroes for Book Week to honour the characters from books which have inspired them.

Dressed as Captain Underpants for the nation-wide event, Mrs Campbell-Hicks visited primary schools and hosted an author talk to encourage children to think about the importance of books.

Last Monday children’s author Josh Langley spoke about his love of books, being different, resilience, as well as the importance of imagination and invention.

Mrs Campbell-Hicks said the “super power” of reading opened doors to broader opportunities.

“I love the Dr Suess quote ‘the more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’,” she said.

“I read it to the pre-primarys at Harvey Primary School last week when I visited them prior to Book Week.”

A book-week themed story time and what’s on Wednesday program will be held at the library tomorrow and children are encouraged to dress as their favourite superhero book character.

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