Saturday Storytime: A new chapter in young reading

Several youngsters sat in on the
first-ever Saturday Storytime at George Town Central Library last Saturday.

The half hour reading session,
which took place in the quite corner in the Children’s section, is a joint
partnership between Library Services and Rotary Club Central and will be held
weekly from 11am to 11.30am.

“The programme aims to encourage
parents to come to the library with their children, to sign up and take out
books,” said Rotarian Carol Jurchison.

Sandy Cram, chairman of the Rotary
Club’s Literacy Committee 2010/11, said: “It’s vital that parents get involved
with their children’s reading because studies show that it fosters a lifelong
love of reading.”

Kathy Ebanks took her daughter
Rayne Rankine to Saturday Storytime and browsed for books for the two of them
while her young daughter listened to Ms Cram reading.

She said: “Going to the library and
reading together is something that my daughter and I do regularly on Saturdays…
it’s a good habit to encourage. Regular reading not only broadens their
vocabulary and other language skills, it helps with children’s overall
development and socialisation.

“In fact, I would like to see the
programme extended into all the other district libraries,” she added.

Library Services Acting Deputy Director Juliet
Lawson said:“We hope kids will join us on our journey to
the unknown as we bring books alive through fun songs, rhymes, art and play. Each
week a different theme will be explored. 
And there will be many…

Noting that the events are free, she also urged
parents to attend: “It promotes literacy in the family and allows parent and
child to spend quality time reading together.”


Sandy Cram reads to children in George Town Central Library’s first ever Saturday Stortytime session.
Photo: Elphina Magona