26 September 2023

Library books time for kids’ reading

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The State Library of Queensland has embarked on a fun program of daily online activities for children to inspire them to engage in talking, reading, singing and learning from the comfort of their own homes,

Including a targeted program for children aged 0 to 5, the Library’s activities which will be posted on Facebook every weekday at 10.00am, was welcomed by the Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch.

“Inspiring a love of reading is such an important part of early years’ development,” Ms Enoch said.

“Through the State Library’s online resources we want Queensland kids to imagine great adventures!”

She said that every Thursday of the school term the Library would also present Jarjum Stories Live!, a free interactive live-streamed session involving First Nations children’s storybooks guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and performers.

Jarjum Stories Live! will include a book reading combined with fun creative activities connected to the storyline, such as dance, painting and performance,” Ms Enoch said.

“The State Library of Queensland has also introduced a new online initiative, the Reading Adventure Club, for children up to 12 years old, with a video posted on Facebook every Tuesday,” she said.

She said the First 5 Forever activities, which included the popular Storytime, Rhymetime and Babytime usually held in The Corner at the State Library, will continue to be presented online.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald (pictured) said reading and storytelling provided the perfect bonding opportunity for children, parents and caregivers.

“In unsettling times, there is nothing more comforting than a good book and enjoying quality family time, Ms McDonald said.

“These online programs will provide structure and inspiration for parents and their children.”

More information about the State Library’s online reading resources can be found at this PS News link.

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