Get your child school-ready with 1000 books before school

Published on 28 November 2016

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Murrindindi Library Service is encouraging parents with young children to participate in a state-wide initiative called ‘1000 Books Before School’, a program aimed at encouraging parents to read a thousand books to their children before they start school. 

Corporate and Customer Services Portfolio Councillor Leigh Dunscombe said the program is a great way of encouraging children to read from a young age. 

“Research shows that sharing stories with babies and toddlers helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school. Literacy is an important foundation for success in school and in life. Reading to children is also a great way to facilitate parent-child bonding.

“Sharing a book with your child for just ten minutes a day can really assist in their development and provide your child with the best chance of becoming a good reader with all the social and educational benefits that this can bring. 

“To register, the process is as simple as calling into your nearest library branch in Alexandra, Kinglake or Yea, or our Mobile Library Service to pick up your child’s reading record and reading bag to get started. 

“Each time you read a book to your child it is marked in their reading record. Then as they achieve each milestone in their reading record, they can bring it in to their local library for a special reward. Every book that your child completes or actively listens to counts. This can include Storytime sessions at any of our three library branches, reading at daycare, playgroup or kindergarten”, said Cr Dunscombe. 

For more information on this program, and for more information about Storytime sessions contact Council on 5772 0333 to be directed to your nearest library service.