Story, play work­shops at Lit­tle Li­brary

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page -

DE­VEL­OP­ING literacy skills is an es­sen­tial foun­da­tion for chil­dren – a fact not lost on Gowrie Early Learn­ing Cen­tre Karawara.

Gowrie will launch a new ini­tia­tive called Lit­tle Li­brary Ses­sions next month – a free walk-in story and play time work­shop for kids.

Gowrie rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nate Draper said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had of­fered play ses­sions in other shop­ping cen­tres that had been very suc­cess­ful, with some­times more than 100 at­ten­dees in a sin­gle day.

“That is a lot of peo­ple we can im­pact. Literacy is so im­por­tant for speech de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“We hope Lit­tle Li­brary Ses­sions will be able to reach young chil­dren, in­clud­ing those who are not yet in school, and get them and their fam­i­lies used to read­ing.”

Lit­tle Li­brary Ses­sions will in­clude a book swap so res­i­dents can take books home and re­turn them with the same or another se­cond-hand novel.

Water­ford Plaza is also run­ning a back­pack and school uni­form drive for 20 lo­cal chil­dren en­rolled at Man­ning and Curtin Pri­mary schools.

Water­ford Plaza cen­tre man­ager Vivi­enne Steur said the cen­tre ran the drive last year and it was a huge suc­cess in help­ing to get chil­dren who were hes­i­tant to at­tend school.

Lit­tle Li­brary Ses­sions will run the se­cond Wed­nes­day of each month from 10am to 11.30am at Water­ford Plaza from Fe­bru­ary 14.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d478681

Nate Draper with Leo Anestoudis (2), cen­tre man­ager Vivi­enne Steur and Gowrie rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aimee Thomas with six-month-old Aurora Anestoudis.

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