Brimbank Libraries participate in early literacy campaign to tackle illiteracy rates

Brimbank Libraries are participating in 1000 Books Before School, the first state-wide program in Australia designed to work with families to promote early literacy skills and combat the scourge of adult illiteracy in communities.

Research shows that children who are read to every day from an early age have extended vocabularies, increased reading readiness and improved cognitive skills when they enter school1.

“The ability to read is an essential life skill for everyone, and a child’s development in the early years is so important. Through this reading initiative, public libraries can empower parents to be effective first teachers, and prepare their children for school,” said Kate Torney, CEO, State Library Victoria.

Brimbank City Council Mayor, Cr John Hedditch said Brimbank Libraries is implementing the early literacy initiative to engage parents in reading 1000 books with their children from birth until they begin school.

“The more a child is read to in their pre-school years, the better prepared they are when they start to learn how to read and write. We encourage all families to join the program at a Brimbank library and begin their reading journey with their children, and have lots of fun doing it,” said Cr Hedditch.

“Public libraries play a vital role in supporting families with their children’s early literacy. We’re delighted that this program encourages parents across Victoria to read to their kids regularly, and help them to develop a love of language and reading,” said Jenny Ruffy, Vice President, Public Libraries Victoria Network.

Through the 1000 Books Before School program, Brimbank Libraries will support reader and literacy development by providing families with a framework and incentives to encourage a reading habit, and a love of stories in young children.

The program will complement Brimbank Libraries existing early years reading and literacy programs such as Baby Bounce, Toddler Time and Pre School Story Time.

1000 Books Before School is a joint initiative of State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network. Brimbank Libraries are among 200 libraries across Victoria participating in this early literacy campaign.

Parents and caregivers who wish to participate in the program can register at any Brimbank library.

1. Reading to young children: a head-start in life, G. Kalb and J.C. van Ours, 2012