Haven Magazine - - UPFRONT -

The library is one of those places that just doesn’t lose its magic – chil­dren these days still love a visit to their lo­cal library as much as they did decades ago. And with the sum­mer hol­i­days now here, you’ve got the per­fect patch of down­time to ex­plore your lo­cal library. In 2017, Gold Coast par­ents and chil­dren made more than 86,000 vis­its to Gold Coast City Li­braries’ early lit­er­acy pro­grams - Storytime, Tod­dler Time and Baby Rhyme Time. Coun­cil spokesper­son Her­mann Vorster says these pro­grams were de­signed to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren aged up to five years to build strong foun­da­tions for lan­guage and learn­ing skills. “With re­search show­ing that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain de­vel­op­ment hap­pens in the first five years, the pop­u­lar­ity of Storytime, Tod­dler Time and Baby Rhyme Time re­flects the im­por­tance of in­tro­duc­ing lit­er­acy and lan­guage skills to chil­dren from birth,” says Her­mann. Check out the coun­cil’s web­site to find out when the next early lit­er­acy pro­gram ses­sion will be hit­ting a library near you.­of­gold­

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