Giv­ing the magic of sto­ry­telling

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

FAM­I­LIES and chil­dren have even more rea­son to visit Shelly Beach Park at Caloun­dra and Gra­hame Ste­wart Park at Cur­rimundi with the launch of Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil Li­braries’ First 5 For­ever story seat fea­tur­ing art­work from the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s pic­ture book The Big Fish and Where is the Green Sheep?

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 ac­tiv­i­ties un­der this pro­gram and we have now in­stalled 10 colour­ful story seats in parks across the re­gion which are a vis­i­ble way of pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy and invit­ing fam­i­lies to en­gage in sto­ry­telling, ac­tive play, singing and read­ing.

“The seats, de­signed by coun­cil’s Parks and Gar­dens area, re­in­force the mes­sage ‘the first five years last a life­time’.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

A GOOD READ: Cr Tim Dwyer with James and Daisy.

PHOTO: BARRY JOHN ALSOP

Pe­ter Cox reads to chil­dren at the SCC Story Seat, Cur­rimundi.

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