THE success of a new library initiative for parents in 2009 has led to it being added again to the Ipswich Library and Information Service program for 2010.
Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said Ipswich parents would be invited to take part in a special free program at the Ipswich Library from February designed to foster literacy skills from the cradle.
The first program for 2010 will run from 9.30am to 10am for four consecutive Tuesdays from February 2 followed by February, 9, 16 and 23.
Further programs will be offered at Redbank Plains Library (March 2010), Redbank Plaza Library (May 2010), and again at Ipswich Library (June 2010).
Cr 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 focuses 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.”
The baby rhyme time program consists of sessions held across a four week period and participants need to attend all sessions.
Older siblings are welcome.
Bookings are essential and can be directed to Ipswich Library on 3810 6756.