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SPE­CIAL LI­BRARY IN­TRO­DUCES BOOKS TO TOTS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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