Storytime takes baby steps towards better literacy

February 26, 2017 by  

A new initiative at Springvale and Dandenong libraries is proving you are never too young to start building a love for reading.

The libraries are targeting budding child bookworms, aged from birth, by offering the 1000 Books Before School programme.

According to Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Merneti, the programme is designed to prepare children for school.

He said research shows that by sharing stories with young children and babies helps improve literacy skills and fosters a potentially lifelong love for the art of reading.

The aim of the programme is for each child to read at least 1,000 books prior to starting school.

The guidelines allow for books to be read multiple times and be counted on each occasion and participation in storytime sessions at the library is also included, said the mayor who took part in Dandenong Library’s first session on February 13.

The 1000 Books Before School programme is free to library members and each child who books in will receive a complementary reading kit at the beginning of the challenge and a special reward after each 100 books completed.

The libraries also host digital printing services for those requiring hard copies of reading materials to take home.

Mayor Merneti said he is looking forward to many preschoolers turning up to the weekly storytime sessions at the Springvale and Dandenong libraries during 2017.