Library corners are bursting with curiosity
  • Wednesday 31 October 2012

Sunshine Coast Council Libraries launches the Curious Corner on 5 November 2012, designed to encourage children under the age of eight to explore and learn through play.

The Curious Corner, developed by the State Library of Queensland, will operate for four months at Noosa and Maroochydore libraries with varying themes initiating curiosity and play for children while using all of their five senses.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Curious Corner is a library space which features arts based programs, activities and collections, curated around a theme that will enliven and renew children’s spaces.

"Curiosity and play are vital to a child’s development with everything that they do influencing their developmental growth", said Cr McKay.

"Research shows the first five years are the most crucial period in growth and development for children.

"Engaging children in a range of language, sound and play activities is known to increase the development of literacy and cognitive skills.

"We are aiming to provide environments for children, young people and families that encourage joy, freedom, fun and play.

"Initiatives such as the Curious Corner encourage children to discover their natural curiosity in a supportive and fun environment.

"The educational resources are big and are fun for children to explore.

"In line with council’s sustainability commitment, children will be using recycled materials to express their creativity when visiting the Curious Corner.

"The Curious Corner will be manned by library staff who will engage with children to learn through arts based play, story, song and games.

"Of course parents are also encouraged and welcome to join in the fun and games with their children."

For more information about Curious Corner call Noosa or Maroochydore libraries on 1300 LIBRARY (1300 5427279).