Igniting love of reading
Hinterland seat is the first of many
IT’S the quirky and colourful seat which has brightened up a Landsborough park.
But the story behind it is sure to inspire the minds of young and old.
Project co-ordinator and Sunshine Coast Libraries young people services supervisor Karen Gawen said the idea is one which they borrowed from a similar concept in the UK.
“When the First Five Forever came out we were trying to work out how we could reach everyone,” Ms Gawen said.
“We thought the common denominator was everyone ends up at the parks.”
Ms Gawen said a big part of their plan was to showcase the beautiful Australian children’s books.
“The aim was to get the best ones we could find – including some local authors,” she said.
“We have some books from the ’70s, so grandparents can recognise books and get involved.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you see your favourite book you’ll melt and return to childhood.”
Division 1 councillor Rick Baberowski said the Landsborough story seat was the first of 10 to be installed in parks across the region.
“The Story seat is a colourful, engaging and positive way of encouraging parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in the development of their child’s early literacy skills,” Cr Baberowski said.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries had been granted $1 million over four years by the Queensland Government to implement the First 5 Forever program.
“The aim of this universal family literacy program is to support strong language and literacy environments for young children from 0-5 years and their families,” Cr McKay said.
“We have already implemented a number of programs through this initiative.
“We are now starting to install innovative Story seats in parks across the region which will be a visible and interactive way of inviting families to engage in sharing stories, playing, singing and talking together.
“The seats, designed by council’s Parks and Gardens area, reinforce the message, ‘the first five years last a lifetime’.”
In 2018, families will be encouraged to obtain a map and head off on an adventure to find all 10 Story seats, take a picture with the seats and share on social media.
INSPIRING IMAGINATION: Glen Meier and his son Jenson at the Story seat at Pioneer Park.