Shoalhaven Libraries is launching their Building Brighter Babies program, encouraging parents to apply for baby’s first library card and starting a lifelong reading journey.
On joining the library and getting your baby a library card, you will receive a free library bag and book to keep, including information about reading to children and appropriate booklists.
There is a wealth of research showing that daily reading to children puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to and listening to stories can help develop their attention span and imagination. It has also shown that children who are read to from a young age have better outcomes throughout their lives, with about 85% of brain development happening in the first five years of life.
Sarah Taylor, Council’s Unit Manager of Library Services says reading is an enjoyable family activity. “Not only is reading an enjoyable activity for a child, but it is an opportunity for parents and babies to bond, spend time together and connect as a family.”
“Your child’s library card will allow them to access resources, programs and services that will enhance their reading experience and impress upon them the importance and value of reading at a young age.”
All Shoalhaven Libraries branches offer fun and free activities for young children and continue to provide for them as they grow up. Activities include Rhymetime for 0-18 months, Storytime for 2-5 year olds and once they reach school age, there are many different holiday activities that can be attended.
The library also has a digital collection of e-books and databases that cater for children. For more information, visit www.shoalhavenlibraries.com.au or contact Tel: 4429 3705.
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CONTACT: Robin Sharpe, Digital Resources Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, 02 4429 3710