Li­brary times shift to get kids read­ing

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

YOUNG book­worms will be able to get some ex­tra read­ing time on Tues­day af­ter­noons.

Start­ing to­day, the Yar­loop Li­brary will change its open­ing hours to al­low chil­dren to go to the li­brary with their par­ents af­ter school.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Yar­loop Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal John Col­lis said.

“It gives the kids some­where to go, and it’s al­ways good for kids to be us­ing the li­brary.”

Mr Col­lis said some chil­dren from the school and their par­ents ex­pressed that they wanted to be able to go to the li­brary af­ter school dur­ing the week but the open­ing hours didn’t al­low it.

“The li­brary was clos­ing at 1pm, so we asked them to open a lit­tle later one day a week.”

The de­ci­sion came about when the school’s cor­po­rate busi­ness man­ager Tracey Penny ap­proached li­brary staff to see if they could stay open later.

Prin­ci­pal li­brar­ian Ruth Camp­bell-Hicks said she and the other li­brary staff jumped at the chance to get kids read­ing with their par­ents.

“If the kids are say­ing they want to be read­ing, then we wanted to make that hap­pen,” she said. Due to staffing prob­lems it was orig­i­nally go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to ex­tend the li­brary’s hours, so the de­ci­sion was made to sim­ply open later.

The li­brary will now open from 10.30am to 3.30pm, which will al­low some qual­ity read­ing time af­ter school.

“Mem Fox says that we should spend at least 10 wildly happy min­utes ev­ery sin­gle day read­ing aloud,” Mrs Camp­bell-Hicks said.

“With the li­brary stay­ing open a lit­tle later, we hope this means par­ents will be spend­ing 10 wildly happy min­utes read­ing with their chil­dren.”

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