Paint the Central Coast REaD

In late August a giant mystery egg was found by a Council Environmental Education Officer in the dry creek bed in Kibble Park. He brought it to Gosford Library for safe keeping and told library staff the egg needs to be safe, warm and have lots of books read to it.

This was such a big responsibility and while the library staff had plenty of books on hand, they required help with all the reading that was needed to make sure a happy healthy baby animal would hatch from the giant mystery egg.

So they called in the help of all Central Coast children and their mums and dads, to help read to the egg and name the baby animal when it hatches.

After weeks of anticipation the mysterious egg hatched during the Kids Film Festival at Kibble Park on Saturday 21 October, revealing a platypus who has been named Parker.

To show his gratitude to children who read to him before he hatched, Parker will be making special appearances at Library storytimes and the childcare centres over the coming weeks as well as at Kids Day Out.

Between all these special appearances, Parker will be taking the time to discover the sights of the Central Coast and these adventures will be captured and documented into a book for all to enjoy.

To thank the children of the Central Coast, Parker will be giving away copies of his book at The Lakes Festival events – Park Feast and Light Up The Lake event.

Meet Parker at:

  • Erina Library - Thursday 26 October, 10.30am
  • Kincumber Library – Friday 27 October, 10.30am
  • Gosford Library – Monday 30 October, 10.30am
  • Kariong Library – Tuesday 31 October, 10.30am
  • Woy Woy Library – Wednesday 1 November, 10.30am
  • Umina Library – Thursday 2 November, 10.30am
  • Toukley Library – Tuesday 7 November, 11am
  • Lake Haven Library – Wednesday 8 November, 11am
  • The Entrance Library– Thursday 9 November, 11am
  • Bateau Bay Library – Wednesday 15 November, 11am
  • Tuggerah Library – Thursday 16 November, 11am
  • Central Coast Kids Day Out: Sunday 5 November

Our Libraries and Education and Care services are proudly taking part in Paint the Town REaD, a national initiative that aims to assist local communities to develop the literacy skills of the before school aged children within their local communities.

More than 20% of Australian children arrive at school without the skills necessary to make the most of their early education. Research shows that no matter how good their subsequent teaching, these children can fall further and further behind. They may struggle with literacy, employment, health and happiness for the rest of their lives.

Paint the Town REaD works to overcome this by motivating communities across Australia to read, talk, sing and rhyme with their children so they're ready to learn to read and write at school.

Find out more about the national program.