Kids keep hav­ing fun out­doors

The riv­et­ing sto­ries boost child lit­er­acy

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

STORY time is tak­ing kids on an out­door ad­ven­ture.

With Can­non­vale Li­brary closed due to dam­age from Cy­clone Deb­bie, li­brary staff mem­bers are still pro­vid­ing baby bounce, tod­dler talk and story time from the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Last Thurs­day marked the first story time since Cy­clone Deb­bie hit and the kids were kept busy singing songs and lis­ten­ing in­tently to fas­ci­nat­ing an­i­mal sto­ries.

Can­non­vale Li­brary staff mem­ber Anita Li­chos said story time was a chance for kids to have fun while ex­pand­ing on their lit­er­acy skills.

“We do singing and danc­ing and pup­pet songs with guest pup­pets also ap­pear­ing,” she said.

“We also read a few books so there is a lot of read­ing and at the end we do some craft, (last week) it was dot and a book or two, lots of read­ing, so yeah, and at the end we do a lit­tle craft and it’s a bit lim­ited so we are do­ing dot to dot.”

Fel­low staff mem­ber Sharon Lam said it was re­fresh­ing to be tak­ing the kids out­doors.

“We are all about lit­er­acy, so we teach them read­ing and lit­er­acy skills,” she said.

“We all come to­gether in a nice com­fort­able space.”

Story time is open to kids aged three to five.

Kids are wel­come to at­tend the three li­brary ser­vices for free at their new lo­ca­tion with baby bounce on Tues­day, tod­dler talk on Wed­nes­day and story time on Thurs­day from 10.30am.

Other li­brary branches are open at Proser­pine, Collinsville and Bowen.

PHO­TOS: JA­COB WIL­SON

PUP­PET SHOW: Story time went out­doors last week at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Ais­lin and Miren Fin­lay had a ball at story time.

Anita Li­chos read to Wi­nona Ruge for story time last week.

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