Thousand ways to help kids
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.