Werris Creek librarian, Marilyn Deeks, is encouraging parents, grandparents and carers to call into the library to check out a wide range of beautiful new picture books for young children and chapter books for older children, including short-listed and winning books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.
“Membership of the library is free, and children receive a library bag courtesy of the Friends of Werris Creek Library. The Friends have also purchased some new LEGO to add to the library collection. LEGO Club is conducted at the library every Tuesday afternoon between 3.30 and 4.30pm for children 5-12 yrs. All children are welcome and need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian,” Marilyn said.
Marilyn said that sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.
“Reading and sharing stories can help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. They learn to value books and stories spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity, helping your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop and helping your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’,” she said.
“Sharing stories with your child doesn’t mean you just have to read. Just by looking at books with your child, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. Your child will learn by watching you hold a book the right way and seeing how you move through the book by gently turning the pages. Babies and young children often enjoy books with songs and stories with good rhyme, rhythm and repetition.
“Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship. Anytime is a good time for a book or story! Try to share at least one book or story each day. Believe it or not, if you start reading a book to your child daily from birth, by the time they are 5 you’ll have shared over 1,800 with them,” she continued.
“Your library provides a safe and peaceful place to visit with your children and for them to develop knowledge and skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Drop in and see what is on offer or call 6768 7340 for more information. Werris Creek library is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to – 1pm and 2 to 5pm plus Saturday mornings 10am to midday,” Marilyn concluded.