Shepparton News

Story time

YOUNGSTERS ENJOYING BOOKS, MUSIC

- By Isabelle Harris

Share in the joy of rhymes, songs and stories with your children at Shepparton Library’s rhyme and story time.

Not only are the sessions a great way to spend time with your child, but children also get the opportunit­y to develop important motor and verbal skills with songs and simple hand and dance movements.

Home library co-ordinator Anne-Maree Rowley said these opportunit­ies were ‘‘absolutely amazing’’ for kids and their parents.

‘‘Story times at any library are great for social and motor learning,’’ she said.

She said children sometimes started off a little bit shy, but most gradually came out of their shell and participat­ed more in activities with the group.

‘‘Over time, you see how involved they are in the songs,’’ she said.

Rhyme and story times for all ages — from babies up to children aged six — happen regularly at most libraries and are led by friendly library staff.

● Goulburn Valley libraries are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, but future bookings for rhyme and story time sessions with your child are available at your local Goulburn Valley library by calling 1300 374 765.

 ?? Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e, Kloe O’Keefe ?? Great fun: Gracie Bennett, 2, watches the session in awe with mum Jacci.
Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e, Kloe O’Keefe Great fun: Gracie Bennett, 2, watches the session in awe with mum Jacci.
 ??  ?? Time for a story: Home library co-ordinator Anne-Maree Rowley tunefully runs the session.
Time for a story: Home library co-ordinator Anne-Maree Rowley tunefully runs the session.
 ??  ?? Sleep time: Seven-week-old Samuel Whatman was so relaxed he fell asleep.
Sleep time: Seven-week-old Samuel Whatman was so relaxed he fell asleep.
 ??  ?? Moving to the music: Harvey Morris, eight months, excitedly joins in the dancing as part of the songs.
Moving to the music: Harvey Morris, eight months, excitedly joins in the dancing as part of the songs.
 ??  ?? Bonding: Jen Shields reads a book to 21-month-old daughter Lucy.
Bonding: Jen Shields reads a book to 21-month-old daughter Lucy.
 ??  ?? Attentive: Seven-month-old Alex Ambrosini watching and enjoying the session with mum Yvette.
Attentive: Seven-month-old Alex Ambrosini watching and enjoying the session with mum Yvette.
 ??  ?? Music lover: Eight-month-old Isla, with mum Erin Owen, excitedly joins in the music with the other kids.
Music lover: Eight-month-old Isla, with mum Erin Owen, excitedly joins in the music with the other kids.
 ??  ?? Happy mums and happy bubs: Paola Diaz with son Mateo Torres, 20 months.
Happy mums and happy bubs: Paola Diaz with son Mateo Torres, 20 months.
 ??  ?? Groove on: Addie Forge, 20 months, is all tuned up.
Groove on: Addie Forge, 20 months, is all tuned up.

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