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Once upon a time on the Western Downs

11 July 2016

Western Downs Libraries Storytime for Bubs is enjoyable for both parents and babies.

Western Downs Libraries Storytime for Bubs is enjoyable for both parents and babies.

Storytime sessions at Western Downs Libraries will be starting a new chapter come Monday 25 July with four high-quality sessions available to a range of age groups.

  • Children from birth through to 5 years old are specifically catered for and a ‘Storytime for Hearts and Minds’ is open to all ages;
  • Delivered by specially trained staff, sessions include stories, songs and movement ;
  • Council staff collaborated with a literacy consultant to redevelop our Storytime program to incorporate literacy components based on early literacy best-practice;
  • Thanks to the funding and support of State Library of Queensland’s “First Five Forever” initiative, Storytime sessions are not only fun and educational, but are also FREE!

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said the redevelopment of Storytime was an opportunity to improve services, deliver on the things that matter most to parents, and most importantly encourage a love of reading amongst children.

“Through the redevelopment, the name has changed, the time slots have changed and sessions have been carefully planned to embrace literacy components, all while keeping the great Storytime fun our families love” she said.

“Research shows us that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. With the development of targeted sessions, now we can better encourage your child’s development and early literacy skills in ways that they find engaging and enjoyable.

“However, rest assured the fun factor has not been lost during the process. We guarantee parents and children will still experience the magic and wonderment of reading together.

“We invite you to come along to one of our Storytime sessions listed on the Libraries’ website. Meet some new friends, connect with your community and support your child’s early literacy development, in a relaxed and friendly environment.”

Storytime sessions at your local Library:

  • Storytime for Bubs (0-12 months)
  • Storytime for Toddlers (1-3 years)
  • Storytime for Kids (3-5 years)
  • Storytime for Hearts and Minds (Yoga and Mindfulness)

For more information about Storytime at a Library branch near you contact 1300 COUNCIL, or go to the Libraries website.

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