Thou­sand ways to help kids

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CHIL­DREN will be read books from birth as part of a new ini­tia­tive in Campaspe li­braries.

The pro­gram, 1000 Books Be­fore School, is an early lit­er­acy ini­tia­tive to en­gage par­ents in read­ing 1000 books with their chil­dren from birth un­til they be­gin school.

The cam­paign calls for fam­i­lies to pro­vide pos­i­tive and nur­tur­ing early learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences by shar­ing sto­ries with their chil­dren ev­ery day.

‘‘The more a child is read to in their pre-school years, the bet­ter pre­pared they are when they start to learn how to read and write,” li­brary ser­vices man­ager Jenny Mustey said.

‘‘The pro­gram will be run at each of our branches and is a fun way for fam­i­lies to be­gin their read­ing jour­ney with their chil­dren.

‘‘It will com­ple­ment our ex­ist­ing early years read­ing and lit­er­acy pro­grams such as Rhymetime and Sto­ry­time by pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional re­sources and sup­port to those with young chil­dren.’’

Ms Mustey said early lit­er­acy formed the ba­sis for fu­ture learn­ing which can last a life­time.

‘‘Read­ing just 10 min­utes a day can in­stil a life­long love of books and learn­ing in young chil­dren,’’ she said.

‘‘Re­search shows chil­dren who are read to ev­ery day from an early age have ex­tended vo­cab­u­lar­ies, in­creased read­ing readi­ness and im­proved cog­ni­tive skills when they en­ter school.

‘‘Through the 1000 Books Be­fore School pro­gram, Campaspe Re­gional Li­brary will sup­port reader and lit­er­acy de­vel­op­ment by pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with a frame­work and in­cen­tives to en­cour­age a read­ing habit, and a love of sto­ries in young chil­dren.’’

The pro­gram of­fi­cially starts to­day, with re­sources avail­able at each li­brary ser­vice desk.

Campaspe Re­gional Li­brary is one of 200 li­braries across Vic­to­ria tak­ing part in the cam­paign.

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