The library is just one of those places that doesn’t lose its magic – children these days still love a visit to their local library as much as they did decades ago. And with the summer holidays now here, you’ve got the perfect patch of downtime to explore your local library.

In 2017, Gold Coast parents and children made more than 86,000 visits to Gold Coast City Libraries’ early literacy programs – Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Rhyme Time. Council spokesperson Hermann Vorster says these programs were designed to create opportunities for children aged up to five years old to build strong foundations for language and learning skills.

“With research showing that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain development happens in the first five years, the popularity of Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Rhyme Time reflects the importance of introducing literacy and language skills to children from birth,” says Hermann.

Check out the council’s website to find out when the next early literacy program session will be hitting a library near you.

www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/storytime.

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