Learning from the cot

IPSWICH parents will be encouraged to take part in a special program at the Ipswich Library from July designed to foster literacy skills from the cradle.

Tourism and Libraries Committee chairman David Pahlke said the Baby Rhyme Time sessions were aimed at babies aged from newborns to 18 months old.

“Ipswich parents will learn how to interact with their baby by sharing rhymes, songs and stories,” Cr Pahlke said.

“The early intervention and literacy programs focus on singing traditional and contemporary rhymes and songs and playing simple singing games.”

Cr Pahlke said the Ipswich Library program would help children develop early literacy and numeracy skills and listening skills.

He said the sessions would also help to familiarise people with the library and the resources it had to offer.

“Our libraries offer a range of resources for all age groups and we encourage families to spend time at their local branches,” he said.

The baby rhyme time program consists of sessions held across a four week period and participants need to attend all sessions.

The Ipswich Library program will be held on:

• July 7 - 9.30am to 10am;

• July 14 - 9.30am to10am;

• July 21 - 9.30am to 10am and;

• July 28 - 9.30am to 10am.

Further sessions will be held at the Redbank Plains Library in August and the Redbank Plaza Library in September with a final four week session scheduled at the Ipswich Library in October.

• Bookings are essential and can be directed to Ipswich Library on

3810 6756.


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