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Mobile library drives reading into homes

Cherbourg State School prep teacher Vanessa Sansby is organising a reading program where children like Bo-Sheikah Davidson, Karen Jacobs and Ian Saltner can take a book home every night and swap it the next day if they want to. Image supplied

by Marcus Priaulx

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hildren run outside to greet Jennifer Juderjahn each Tuesday. They have beaming faces and borrow books from her Barambah PaCE mobile library. Many plonk themselves down on receiving them and immediately begin to open the pages. Often, they are too young to read but are filled with wonder. They flick through the pages with their brothers and sisters and point to the pictures. As Socrates said, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom”. Now the Barambah Mobile Library is going into Cherbourg State School. A wealth of donated books has

allowed Barambah PaCE to put together a reading pack for the school’s 65 pre-prep and prep children. This is filled with a book, a DVD with an animated Buduburra ABC Book, a DVD on how to read to your children and written information. The idea is to have children take books for mum, dad, brothers or sisters to read to them each night at home. They can then return and swap the books for another with their classroom teacher any time they wish to. “Reading to your child for just 15 minutes a day can have a huge impact on improving their

life outcomes,” Barambah PaCE coordinator Marcus Priaulx said. “I believe it could be the difference between them having a life of struggle or an easy life of learning in which they benefit from the fun that brings. “From small things, big things grow. “If you can read, write and be polite, I reckon you’ll get on life.” Ends Picture caption: Lets Read: Cherbourg State School prep teacher Vanessa Sansby is organising a reading program where children like Bo-Sheikah Davidson, Karen Jacobs and Ian Saltner can take a book home every night and swap it the next day if they want to.

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