Reading is power

The Burdekin Library is offering residents the chance to learn how to help children and adults read.

Library Manager John Scott said the “Reading is Power” literacy program had been running at the Burdekin Library for the past 12 months.

“We have had a number of voluntary tutors working with community members, both children and adults, to assist them in developing their literacy skills,” he said.

“The ability to read and to be literate is a core skill that allows us to function well in today’s society.

“The Reading Link program we are using is Australian designed and has been running throughout Australia for many years.”

Mr Scott said literacy was a bit like building a house.

“To have a solid structurally sound home you need good bricks and mortar,” he said. “Reading Link focuses on the foundation skills needed for literacy providing both adults and children with the ‘bricks and mortar’ of literacy to give them the literacy skills to be fully functioning members of society.”

The Burdekin Library is offering a training workshop on the Reading Link Program on Wednesday November 7 from 9am–1pm in the Theatre Loft.

Mr Scott said the workshop would be hands on learning about the Reading Link Program and how it could be used to help an adult or a child with a literacy challenge.

“Our experienced tutors will share their experiences and offer suggestions on how to get started,” he said.

“The workshop is designed for community members who are interested in becoming a voluntary tutor and parents who are looking for a means of assisting their child/children improve their reading and literacy skills.”

The workshop is free and morning tea will be provided. Bookings are essential and can be made at the Burdekin Library Ayr or by calling 4783 9970.

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