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Published Friday 7 June 2019
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Local library changing lives of our youngest residents

One local family daycare provider is making the most of Mitchell Shire’s library services to help enrich the early education of the children in her care.

Victoria Farm Family Daycare’s educator Rachael Dickson attends the children’s programs at Kilmore Library and Customer Service Centre on a weekly basis, which she says provides a valuable outlet for the group to engage in community activities.

Ms Dickson and the children attend Toddler Read and Rhyme on Tuesdays, which builds children’s pre-literacy skills with songs, rhymes, finger plays and books, and on Wednesdays, they head back to the library for Storytime, where they explore different books, sing songs and make craft together.

Both programs are run at all Mitchell Shire’s libraries in Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan on a weekly basis.

Libraries are a powerful tool to maintain healthy communities, help people learn and are often the catalyst for changing people’s lives for the better.

When you walk through the door of a Mitchell Shire library, you walk into a space where you can learn, create and belong. Our libraries are free to join, and members can borrow books, magazines, DVDs, audio books and e-resources.

We would like to know how one of our libraries has impacted your life. If you wish to tell us your story, please drop in to your local library and fill out the feedback form, or visit Libraries Change Lives.

Quotes Attributable to Victoria Farm Family Daycare’s educator Rachael Dickson

“The children love to borrow books and the library programs really enrich the literacy service I offer,” Ms Dickson said.

“Having access to such a huge resource of books is so wonderful, and the whole literacy experience of rhyming and stories and the activities we do at the libraries is something that the children really do love.

“By going there every week, they get used to it and they learn songs and they know the routines and it gives them a bigger group experience than they can get by just attending my (family daycare) service.

“I’ve had children in the past who have had literacy issues, and I’ve seen first-hand how much they have improved through attending these library services, it’s been fantastic.”

Quotes Attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Bill Chisholm

“Libraries play a crucial, innovative role in our community and it is great to see some of the youngest residents signing, reading and playing together at the Customer Service Centres,” he said.

“Libraries aren’t just books. They give our residents the chance to go on the computer and pay their bills, hire DVDs, browse the web and are a safe place for everybody. Our libraries change lives in Mitchell Shire every day.”

This page was last updated on 14 June 2019.