"Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together. Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child's development. You're helping your child become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books. This all builds your child's early literacy skills, helping him to go on to read successfully later in life.

Reading stories sparks your child's imagination, stimulates curiosity and helps with brain development. Interesting illustrations and word patterns – such as rhymes – can get your child talking about what she's seeing and thinking, and help her understand the patterns of language."

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First 5 Forever storytime

First 5 Forever storytime is an interactive program for preschool children and babies featuring songs, rhymes, stories and craft. This is a free event conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for all preschool children, babies and their caregivers.

These activities are designed to help prepare your children for school and encourage:

  • good listening skills and developing a love of reading and learning
  • fine and gross motor skills development and coordination
  • memory, sequencing and rhyming skills
  • social interaction, creativity and family fun

First 5 Forever sessions include singing, rhymes, stories and craft activities. Sessions are held weekly at the following locations:

  • Goomeri Library: Wednesdays 9.30am-10.30am
  • Gympie Library: Mondays 9.30am-10.30am (0-5 year olds)
  • Gympie Library: Tuesdays 9.30am-10am (0-2 year olds)
  • Gympie Library: Wednesdays 9.30am-10.30am (2-5 year olds)
  • Imbil Library: Thursdays 10am-11am
  • Kilkivan Library: Thursdays 9.30am-10.30am
  • Rainbow Beach Library: Mondays 10am-11am
  • Tin Can Bay Library: Thursdays 9.30am-10.30am

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First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

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