Reading is the foundation for future learning
  • Tuesday 19 July 2016
ImageThe benefits of reading to children at an early age have once again been highlighted – not only by research, but also by a dedicated Glass House Mountains mum who has embraced the benefits of belonging to a local library.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said research showed the more often you read to children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and writing skills.

“Sunshine Coast Council’s libraries are reaping the rewards from the State Government’s universal family literacy program, First 5 Forever funding,” Cr McKay said.

“This program aims to create stronger language and literacy environments for Queensland children before they start kindergarten or school.

“The First 5 Forever program is really about working together as a community to spend time with babies and children talking, reading, singing and playing.

“I encourage parents to discover the range of interactive sessions and resources to aid their children’s development by visiting their local library.”

Alison Goodhand from Glass House Mountains said she started visiting libraries after hearing a presentation by a council librarian at a mums’ group organised by Caloundra Community Health Services.

“I want to thank the librarian for encouraging me to visit my local Beerwah Library and highlighting the importance of reading to my daughter,” she said.

“Two years on I’m reading six to 10 books a day to my daughter and she has very good language skills for her age.

“I would have read to my daughter regardless of whether that presenter came to our group, but I know I read to her so much more because of that talk.

“My daughter also loves having her own library card and looks forward to our visits to Beerwah Library.”

Alison said that parents should know that babies were welcome at Sunshine Coast libraries.

“I wasn’t aware there are colourful children’s sections for babies and small kids to play. It was great to find out about baby rhyme time, storytime, the toy library and mobile library,” she said.

“Not only does it not matter if your baby makes a little bit of noise but the libraries are breastfeeding friendly.”

To find a storytime or rhymetime session at your local library visit council’s library website www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.