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New musical Storytime coming to Dalby Library

26 September 2016

Western Downs Libraries are bringing dancing, singing and acting to Dalby Library with an exciting new musical Storytime ‘Read My Hips’ set to join the stellar line-up of Storytime programs this October.

  • ‘Read My Hips’ Musical Storytime will give our region’s little dancers, singers, and actors in-the-making the opportunity to socialise with new friends and keep active in a fun welcoming environment;
  • The program encompasses dance, movement, singing and acting to help your child develop their fine motor control, vocabulary, language and early numeracy skills;
  • Dalby Library’s new movement-based musical Storytime program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read, talk, sing and play with their children;
  • ‘Read My Hips’ Musical Storytime is funded by the State Government’s ‘First Five Forever’ Early Literacy initiative which is designed to promote that it’s never too early to start learning.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said each of our Storytime programs are designed to encourage your child’s development in ways that best suit them.

“We all know that every child learns differently, so all our Storytime programs have been designed to provide parents the options to explore a variety of techniques to help their children grow and develop their early literacy skills,” she said.

“Our new Musical Storytime program ‘Read My Hips’ perfectly combines language, communication, music and movement in a fun, interactive and relaxing session for both parents and children.

“The great benefit of our Storytime sessions is that you have the added bonus of being able to borrow or share a book together before or after the sessions, giving you more chances to learn with your child.

“Thanks to the ‘First Five Forever’ Early Literacy initiative, our local Libraries are now able to offer a greater opportunity for parents to access a range of quality early language programs.”

Volunteer Storytime Coordinator Kate Blauw said she’s excited to be able help your child get the best out of the program using her previous experience teaching dance, drama and music in both primary and high school educational settings.

“I’m passionate about using music, dance and drama to help children discover the patterns and rhythm in language while having a great time,” she said.

“Being a mother and a teacher gives me unique insight into how important it is to give our children varied and frequent opportunity to build language from the earliest age.

“We’ve tried to schedule our session times conveniently around parents and carers busy schedules so that you have the option of bringing your little ones along before or after the school run.

“No bookings are required so parents are encouraged to just come along with their children, wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.”

‘Read My Hips’ Musical Storytime will launch its very first session on Tuesday 4 October at 3.20pm at the Dalby Library, and will run every Tuesday from 3.20pm and Wednesday from 2pm during school term. No bookings are required.

For more information on our range of Storytime programs visit the Libraries website or phone 1300 COUNCIL.

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