Patrons at Logan City Council Libraries will be treated to an out-of-this-world experience during the 2021 National Simultaneous Storytime.

NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker will present this year’s featured book Give me some space by author and illustrator Philip Bunting from the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 19.

The story, about a young girl’s dreams of life in space and completing her mission, will be read simultaneously to more than one million children across Australia and New Zealand.

The free Simultaneous Storytime will be held in City of Logan from 11am at the Logan West, Beenleigh, Logan Hyperdome, Jimboomba and Logan North libraries as part of Under Eight’s Week.

It will be part of the Wriggle and Rhyme sessions and include a pre-recorded segment featuring the picture book from the International Space Station.

Dr Walker was the Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64 which has just concluded.

She has been an astronaut with NASA since 2004 and is married to Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas.

Dr Walker began her career in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program and has also worked Space Shuttle missions as a Flight Controller in the Mission Control Centre.

Bunting’s books have been translated into multiple languages and published in more than 30 countries around the world.

The author has received multiple accolades including Honours from the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

To ensure the Logan Simultaneous Storytime sessions are delivered in line with COVID-safe guidelines bookings are essential and everyone attending, including parents, caregivers and children, must book a place.

Bookings can be made online at loganlibraries.org/whats-on

A limited number of free take home activity packs also will be available through the libraries to celebrate Under Eight’s Week.

They are full of craft and activity ideas for children aged three to eight-years-old and will be available from all Logan Libraries branches from Wednesday, May 19.

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