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Libraries Focus on Children's Week

Friday 21 October 2016 Families enjoying Storytime

Bega Valley Shire Library’s will celebrate Children’s Week with special Storytime sessions next week, 24-28 October.

Children’s Week is an annual event to focus the attention of the wider community on children’s needs and their achievements.

The theme for Children’s Week this year is ‘children have the right to reliable information from the media’.

Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said that one of the roles of libraries is supporting communities to access reliable information, be it in hardcopy format or online.

“We aim to build positive relationships with children through fun Storytime experiences so that they will feel confident to use libraries throughout their lives for their information needs,” he said.

Aimed at children aged 2-6 years old, Storytime builds early language skills and helps young children feel confident about using books and expressing their ideas.

 “During the Storytime session, we follow up the stories and songs with creative craftwork, often using recycled materials,” said Mr Baker.

“It’s wonderful to see children walking out of the library after Storytime proudly showing everyone what they’ve made.”

Storytime is free and happens every week starting at 10.30am at Tura Marrang Library on Mondays, Bega Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bermagui Library on Tuesdays and Eden Library on Thursdays.

A weekly Rhyme Time session also runs at Bega Library every Friday morning at 10am and this is aimed at babies and toddlers under 2 years of age.

Rhyme Time focuses on songs and singing rhymes with actions to build coordination and language patterns.

More information about Children’s Week is available from http://childrensweek.org.au

Photograph: Families enjoying Storytime

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