26 April, 2021
Council joins in on fun with kid's corner
A NEW area, which is a dedicated children’s space, is opening in a local library in the coming weeks. The Gemfields Library will open their newly created Kids’ Corner as part of the First5Forever program. Councillor Megan Daniels said this will be the library’s first dedicated children’s space. “Storytime has been running at the Gemfields library for a number of years, but now families have a space just for them to enjoy during all opening hours,” Cr Daniels said. The space includes all-new resources, furnishing and an “eye-catching” carpet and wall design. The space will be officially opening on April 24 during the Gemfields Library’s First 5 Forever storytime at 10.30am. First5Forever is a program started by the Queensland Government, coordinated by the State Library of Queensland. It is delivered in partnership with local government bodies over different parts of both regional and metropolitan Queensland. The program is aimed at providing strong early literacy foundations for Queensland children up to five years old. First5Forever funds the council each year, allowing the program to continue providing activities like storytime. Some of this funding used to develop the space was guided by the council for libraries and developed for the library team in consultation with the council and the community in accordance with the Library Strategy and Action Plan. There is still a bit of work to be done until the space is complete, but in the meantime, the council is offering storytime on Saturday mornings and is planning more interactive movie events, robotics sessions and craft activities within the library. The program is free to join, so contact your local library or visit www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au for more information.