Helping children reach their potential

Central Coast Council Libraries have called on parents and carers of young children to ‘Find yourself in a library’, which was the theme for this year’s Library and Information Week 2018 held in May.

To coincide with this national event, Libraries and Council’s Childcare Centres launched Parker the Platypus’ eagerly awaited second book, Parker visits the Library, as part of the Paint the Central Coast REaD initiative.

Acting Unit Manager Libraries, Beth Burgess, explained the program was aimed at educating parents, carers, and the community about the importance of reading, singing and rhyming with children every day from birth.

“Literacy is a key success in life and research has shown that more than 20 percent of Australian children arrive at school without the skills necessary to make the most of their early education.

“Through this program we aim to overcome this by creating a sense of excitement and enthusiasm around literacy and reading, which is exactly what Parker creates for children and families.

“Parker visits the Library is not only a fun and engaging story for children, it also promotes the great resources and programs available to help encourage literacy development and make reading fun.