Start them young at li­brary

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - East Victoria Park -

WHILE a love of lit­er­acy can start in the womb as par­ents read aloud to their un­born child, the Town of Vic­to­ria Park li­brary has a range of re­sources for mums, dads and ba­bies once they have ar­rived.

New par­ents are in­vited to Begin With Books, a li­brary event on March 27 cov­er­ing ser­vices and re­sources avail­able to them and their ba­bies.

Over a cuppa, Youth Ser­vices Li­brar­ian Hannah Ry­der will dis­cuss spe­cific li­brary re­sources avail­able to help par­ents en­cour­ag­ing early lit­er­acy.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said it was a chance for new par­ents to join the li­brary and make use of its re­sources straight away.

“En­cour­ag­ing early lit­er­acy skills in ba­bies and young chil­dren is so im­por­tant for nur­tur- ing a love of read­ing and writ­ing and pro­vid­ing the best start for their fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion,” said Mayor Trevor Vaughan, who is also a school prin­ci­pal.

The li­brary has a ded­i­cated par­ent­ing col­lec­tion in the chil­dren’s area with books on par­ent­ing, child devel­op­ment, toi­let train­ing, nu­tri­tion and be­havioural is­sues.

It also has pup­pets, CDs, DVDs, par­ent­ing mag­a­zines, free sub­scrip­tions to childfriendly eBook sites, English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage ma­te­rial and puzzles.

Other Begin with Books ses­sions will be held on May 13, July 22, Septem­ber 23 and Novem­ber 25.

Book on­line at www.vic­to­ria park.wa.gov.au or phone 9373 5500.

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