Families and children have even more reason to visit Russell Family Park at Montville with the launch of Sunshine Coast Council Libraries' First 5 Forever story seat featuring artwork from the popular children's book The children who loved books.
Published in 2012 by New Frontier Publishing, The children who loved books is a delightful and moving celebration of books and the way they bring us together.
It was written by Peter Carnavas, an award-winning author and illustrator from the Sunshine Coast hinterland whose books sell internationally and have been translated into many different languages.
The children who loved books has even been featured on ABC's show Play School.
Community Portfolio and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the story seats were a great part of the First 5 Forever early childhood literacy program.
"Families with children under five can head along to Russell Family Park to explore the magic of storytelling at the purpose-built story seat," Cr McKay said.
"The story seat is a colourful, engaging and positive way of encouraging parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in the development of their child's early literacy skill from 0-5 years.
"Sunshine Coast Libraries has been granted $1 million over four years by the Queensland Government to implement the First 5 Forever program.
"The aim of this universal family literacy program is to support strong language and literacy environments for young children from 0–5 years and their families.
"We have already implemented a number of activities under this program and we are now installing colourful story seats in parks across the region which will be a visible way of promoting literacy inviting families to engage in storytelling, active play, singing and reading.
"The seats, designed by council's Parks and Gardens area, reinforce the message, 'the first five years last a lifetime'."
Story seats are being rolled out progressively across the region in the following parks:
- Pioneer Park, Landsborough
- Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland
- Power Memorial Park, Mudjimba
- Muller Park, Bli Bli
- Russell Family Park, Montville
- Kenilworth town park, Kenilworth
- Maroochy Lions Park, Maroochydore
- Shelly Beach Park, Shelly Beach
- Grahame Stewart Park, Currimundi
- Brightwater Community Lake Park, Brightwater.
In 2018, families will be encouraged to obtain a map and head off on an adventure to find all 10 story seats, take a picture with the seats and share on social media using the hashtag #Storyseat.
First 5 Forever is a universal family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for young children from 0 to five years and their families. The program is funded by the Queensland State Government and is being delivered by 320 public libraries across Queensland.
Visit council's library website for more details and join the #Storyseat conversation by following Sunshine Coast Libraries Facebook page.