Thursday, 21 June 2018

Edition 31 – August September October


News from Eastern Regional Libraries

By Sue Wootton

The July school holidays are now just over, with many children and their families having looked forward to the mid-year break. Hopefully whilst on school holidays, children will have had the chance to experience some relaxing “downtime” by reading and listening to lots of books and stories.

One of the best things that parents, grandparents and carers can do for their children for school preparedness and future life skills is to have enjoyed hundreds of books and stories together. Children do not have to know “how to” read by the time they get to school, but parents can lay the foundation for their children’s learning by reading a wide variety of stories during their preschool and primary school years. Reading widely and often exposes children to a wide variety of new words and fuels the imagination, which are great skills to develop for their future learning.

Libraries have wonderful resources to assist parents with reading to their children. Apart from the extensive collections of picture books, junior fiction and early readers, there are also some wonderful online resources. Storybox Library is a wonderful online resource with famous Australians (authors, sports stars, comedians etc) reading Australian picture books and junior fiction, which can be viewed on either your computer, tablet or smartphone. Busythings is an online learning resource that will help your pre-schooler's creative development, problem solving, numeracy, communication and literacy. These online resources provide an alternative to enjoying stories and books, but nothing ever replaces the wonderful experience of parents reading to their children. So relax and enjoy!

For further information about reading and books, the online resources, and the extensive storytime sessions available, please contact your local Eastern Regional Libraries’ branch on 1300 737 277 or

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