Mak­ing good mem­o­ries

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

THE first book Cannonvale Li­brary as­sis­tant Sharon Lam ever read was Alice In Won­der­land by Lewis Car­roll.

“I have loved books from when I was a child,” Sharon said.

Sharon is shar­ing her pas­sion for read­ing with the kids of the Whit­sun­days ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre when the Cannonvale Li­brary hosts story time.

Story Time is part of the First 5 For­ever child lit­er­acy pro­gram.

On Tues­day the ba­bies get a go with the Baby Bounce day from 10.30am and on Wed­nes­days the older kids can take part in Tod­dler Talk, also at 10.30am.

The out­side ses­sions have been forced by dam­age to the Cannonvale Li­brary. It is an open ended ar­range­ment made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre man­age­ment.

“The first five years in a child’s life is re­ally im­por­tant for pick­ing up pre-lit­er­acy skills,” Sharon said.

“And also for their so­cial de­vel­op­ment. It’s a great place for kids to in­ter­act with other kids and for par­ents and carers to be in a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment with other par­ents and carers.”

Sharon said par­ents con­cerned about the lim­ited at­ten­tion span of their chil­dren needn’t be wor­ried.

“A child’s at­ten­tion span is small and we are not go­ing to sit here for half an hour. We un­der­stand kids have a lim­ited at­ten­tion span and that is just a de­vel­op­ment stage.

“Their at­ten­tion will wan­der and then it will come back, we wel­come that and wel­come them to come in and do what they can do and have fun in a safe, car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“And for them to go away with a good mem­ory of this place.”

The First 5 For­ever ses­sions meet in the court yard out­side the Re­ject Shop in the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

PHO­TOS: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

TELL ME A STORY: Story Time at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre last week.

Daisy Marks and Olive Hon­sell with Kitty Don­ald at Story Time last week.

Li­brary as­sis­tant Anita Li­chos and young reader Olive Houn­sell at Story Time.

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