GALLERY: Thirroul's enchanting land of stories

More than 100 children revelled in the written word at Thirroul District Community Centre and Library on Thursday as they listened to and wrote their own stories at the second annual Kids Day Out.

Whether drawing pictures of storybook characters, listening to authors such as Lilli Rodriques-Pang tell a story, or writing poetry, there was plenty to keep the kids entertained all day.

About a dozen children's authors ran activities including crafts, drawing, jokes, plays, a teamwork workshop for older children and a film and author discussion.

The children, aged between two and 12, were also encouraged to dress up as their favourite character for a chance to win a prize.

Margaret Wolfe, branch secretary of the Illawarra-South Coast Children's Book Council, which organised the event with the help of Wollongong City Council, said the school holiday program aimed to foster a love of reading in children.

"And how important it is to get away from the computer and have a book in their hand," she said.

"The joy of a printed, coloured book - there's no comparison."

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