SLV and Vic public libraries launch statewide early literacy program
The State Library of Victoria (SLV) and Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) have jointly launched ‘1000 Books Before School’, a statewide early literacy program designed to tackle adult illiteracy and encourage positive early learning experiences in families.
The campaign encourages parents to read 1000 books with their children from birth until the start of school, and will be implemented by SLV and 200 Victorian public libraries. Families can register at participating libraries, where they will receive information and incentives in the form of a ‘reading record’ and ‘reading kit’.
The reading record allows families to mark their progress, with libraries offering ‘special rewards’ for each milestone that’s reached.
SLV CEO Kate Torney said she hoped that through the initiative, ‘public libraries can empower parents to be effective first teachers, and prepare their children for school’.
PLVN vice president Jenny Ruffy said the network is ‘delighted’ to be involved with the program. ‘Public libraries play a vital role in supporting families with their children’s early literacy,’ said Ruffy.
‘1000 Books’ will complement existing early years reading programs such as story times, baby rhyme times, and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. For more information and a list of participating libraries, click here.