As well as holding a wide range of library items for children, the library runs various storytime sessions. Look out for a timetable early in the new year.
Topics for storytime vary and a simple craft activity is provided at no charge. We do hold special event storytimes, which are showcased on our News & Events page, as well as Facebook.
Children’s Resources Online
All babies living in the Shire of Collie will receive a Better Beginnings bag. This is a bright yellow library bag containing a picture book for your baby and other resources to help you get started on the wonderful learning journey that is life with your new baby.
The Better Beginnings bag should be delivered before your baby is 3 months old. If you think we have missed you, please ring Alison (librarian) on 9734 9042.
Busythings is an online resource for the early years that includes 115+ fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world.
To complement the Better Beginnings pack, all children in Collie are eligible to receive further Let’s Read packs at 12 months, eighteen months and three & a half years of age. For more information please ring Alison (librarian) on 9734 9042 or Sereena (Read With Me coordinator) on 9734 4260.
Tips for reading and sharing language with your new baby
It’s never too early to begin – babies start learning about language from the moment they are born; they hear you talking to them and soon respond.
Start with nursery rhymes and songs, play rhymes, Mother Goose rhymes and song books. Nursery rhymes can be told to babies from birth. Don’t worry if they don’t make sense, they offer an experience to the senses rather than to the mind and they provide a feeling for language.
Introduce babies to board books. Good books for babies should:
- have sturdy pages
- be small for little hands to hold
- be tactile or have another attention grabber like a mirror
- have photographs or baby faces or bright colourful pictures
- have clear uncluttered pages to encourage babies to focus their eyes on pictures; and
- few words.