Library programs to help families, young children – starting on Thursday, 23 February

Burdekin Library Ayr will next month kick off two new programs aimed at families and children with special needs.

The Inclusive Participation Program and Junior Book Club are a joint initiative between the Burdekin Shire Council and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Acting Burdekin Library Services Manager Robyn Elphinstone said the Inclusive Participation Program would provide equipment for children with special needs.

“There will be sensory and communication equipment available in order to decrease any anxiety a child would have about joining in with library programs,” she said.

“The Sensory Input Equipment and Audio kits will be added to our First 5 Forever sessions.

“These sessions are a universal family literacy program which can create stronger language and literacy skills for children up to the age of 5.

“First Five Forever supports not only the children, but the parents and primary caregivers, so they can be confident as their child’s first teacher.”

Mrs Elphinstone said the Junior Book Club was aimed at children with learning disabilities.

“The club will enable them to be part of a group which encourages literacy, communication and socialisation,” she said.

“It is open to all children and will have equipment such as audio kits available for children who may require them.”

The Junior Book Club will meet monthly starting on Thursday, 23 February, at 3.30pm and afternoon tea will be provided to participants.

For more information about the programs please call the Burdekin Library Ayr on 4783 9970.

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