Mayor highlights the importance of reading at 'toddler tales'
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli will tomorrow read to local children as part of a series of activities planned by Maroochy Libraries to celebrate Australian Library and Information Week (21-26 May).
Maroochy Libraries have been successfully leading up to the nationally recognised and celebrated week with activities and events throughout the whole month of May.
The Mayor's special 'toddler tales' storytelling session for children under three-years-of-age will be held on Thursday 24 May at 9.45am at Coolum Beach Library to coincide with the annual, national event.
Councillor Natoli said he has selected two books to read to approximately 20 children ranging in age from 1 to 3 years.
"As a father of three, I want to highlight how important it is to read and enjoy books and how engaging younger children in reading encourages them to start from an early age," he said. "My wife and I try to read two books to our children every night before they go to bed."
Maroochy libraries hold more than 250 different events every year ranging from author talks to computer lessons.
Social Development Portfolio Chair Councillor Jenny McKay said libraries remain very popular in the community, with more than three-quarters-of-a-million people visiting a Maroochy library annually.
"With in excess of 60,000 registered users and more than 1.8 million loans per year, our libraries are essential community hubs and are amongst the most used and valued Maroochy Council service," she said.
"Australian Library and Information Week is a great way to highlight the free services and benefits our Maroochy Libraries provide to the community."
When: Thursday, 24 May 2007.
Where: Coolum Beach Library, Park Street, Coolum.