Literacy for littlies
SPECIAL LIBRARY INTRODUCES BOOKS TO TOTS
STARTING school can be a difficult time for any family but it can be made harder if a child is already behind.
In the St Marys area, more than 40 per cent of children are labelled as being developmentally vulnerable.
The Imagination Library, run by charity United Way, aims to combat this issue, sending books to disadvantaged families each month.
United Way’s community impact manager, Jodie Mitchell, said many parents struggled to afford books.
“We provide books to families who can’t afford them, they are sent one new book per month which the family keeps,” Mrs Mitchell said.
The program helps 220 families in the St Marys and Colyton area, including Kylie and her son Samuel.
“I think people are concerned about joining because they think … maybe they have to sit down and read to them,” Kylie said.
“There are issues out there with people not being able to read or not confident enough to read.”
To register drop into the Colyton and North St Marys Community Junction or visit au.imaginationlibrary.com.
Kylie and her son Samuel, 3, love getting the books from the Imagination Library.