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1000 Books Before School

Reading just ten minutes a day can instil a lifelong love of books and learning in young children. 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 school.

Glenelg Libraries is participating in 1000 Books Before School, the first statewide program in Australia designed to work with families to promote early literacy skills and combat the scourge of adult illiteracy in our communities.

Glenelg Libraries is implementing this early literacy initiative to engage parents in reading 1000 books with their children from birth until they begin school. The campaign calls for families to provide positive and nurturing early learning experiences by sharing stories with their children every day.

Early literacy forms the basis for future learning that can last a lifetime.

Through the 1000 Books Before School program, Glenelg 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. 

1000 Books Before School is designed to encourage reading and contribute to building confidence in children from birth to five years and their parents and caregivers, and is a joint initiative of State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network.

Glenelg Libraries is one of 200 libraries across Victoria participating in this early literacy campaign.    

Parents and caregivers who wish to participate in the program should register at their local branch. 

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