Libraries Tasmania offers opportunities for family literacy – adults and children learning together – at sites throughout the state. Visiting your local library regularly with your children will help give them a love of learning, books and reading from an early age. At Libraries Tasmania you will find board books, picture books and music for you and your babies and children to enjoy together. Libraries Tasmania staff can help you choose books to suit the age of your child. You can also find Baby Book Packs, which have five books chosen for specific age groups in bright, colourful and sturdy bags. You can enjoy the books on site in our comfortable welcoming children’s areas, or you can join Libraries Tasmania for free and borrow them to use at home. And don’t worry, Libraries Tasmania staff understand that babies are sometimes a bit rough with books, and accidents happen. That’s okay – touching and exploring books is all part of developing literacy.
Libraries Tasmania also has a wide range of books and online resources about parenting.
Many Libraries Tasmania sites have regular free 30-minute Rock and Rhyme and Storytime sessions. These are fun for kids and give parents and carers lots of great ideas about how to help develop children’s language and literacy at home. Rock and Rhyme is ideal for babies up to two years of age. It helps develop their listening, memory and word skills through singing, action rhymes and simple stories, which babies love. Storytime is aimed at pre-schoolers aged between two and five years. It encourages interaction with stories and rhymes and shows parents how to share books with their kids. Have a look at the Libraries Tasmania website, or pop into your local Libraries Tasmania to find out when these sessions are on.