Pro­gram shares love of lit­er­acy with kids

Childers event to en­cour­age par­ents to read to chil­dren

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

AS PART of Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy Week, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als in Childers are be­ing in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a fun event tai­lored for chil­dren up to the age of three.

A se­ries of child-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties will be of­fered at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Childers as part of the event.

At each of the lo­ca­tions an adult will read to the chil­dren and they will also have the op­por­tu­nity to join in other ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore head­ing to the next lo­ca­tion.

Denise Rap­kins, from the Childers Li­brary, said the aim was to cre­ate a fun-filled lit­er­acy day which would hope­fully be­come an an­nual event.

“Busi­nesses are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part by pro­vid­ing space to set up a read­ing sta­tion,” she said.

“Chil­dren from var­i­ous schools have been in­vited and en­cour­aged to dress up in cos­tumes re­lat­ing to the cir­cus.

“This event is de­signed to en­cour­age par­ents to read to their chil­dren ev­ery day.”

The Read To Me pro­gram will take place on Tues­day, Septem­ber 1 from 10am and peo­ple are en­cour­aged to meet at Mil­len­nium Park.

Mrs Rap­kins said the li­brary would be sup­ply­ing the books and high school stu­dents would be pro­vid­ing the fan­tas­tic en­ter­tain­ment.

Busi­nesses along Churchill St are be­ing en­cour­aged to dec­o­rate their premises in a cir­cus theme and staff are also en­cour­aged to dress up.

“We want to demon­strate and foster the love of read­ing to young chil­dren and to cre­ate in­ter­ac­tion be­tween fam­i­lies,” Mrs Rap­kins said.

“If you don’t have time to dec­o­rate, let us know and we can help.”

BOOK IT IN: Denise Rap­kins, from the Childers Li­brary, gets ready for the Read To Me event. PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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