A FUN AND EASY WAY TO ENJOY STORYTIME WITH YOU CHILD AT HOME
Tipperary Library Service and Tipperary County Childcare Committee have come together to promote storytime, reading and books to young families. Library Membership FREE for everyone and we would love to see as many families benefit from the gift of books and reading. To help encourage the habit of bedtime stories, 9 Childcare Centres has been provided with a bundle of ‘bedtime storytime bags’ for families to borrow. Families can borrow a bag for 1 or 2 weeks and then exchange it for a new one every week. Each bag contains a Bedtime Storytime Bear, a mixture of story books and fact books and Information and Tips for parents about reading and storytime at home. This is a Free service kindly co-funded by our partners: CYSPC, Healthy Ireland, LCDC, Pobal, Tipperary Library Service and Tipperary Childcare Committee.
The childcare centres currently participating are :
Chuckles Montessori, Newport
Baile Beag Montessori, Littleton
Gortnahoe Community Playschool
Spraoi Playschool Tipperary Town
Fethard Community Playgroup
Happy Days, Ballyporeen
Little learners, Roscrea
Little Explorers, Clonmel
ABC Pre-school, Dundrum
“I have been working in the area of children’s library services and literacy support services for over 15 years and what is becoming very apparent is that the habit of bedtime stories is in decline. This is a real shame, I have crossed paths with teachers, principals, speech and language therapists, childcare providers, literacy specialists, child development specialists and occupational therapists in my professional life and the message is always simple and clear, shared reading with your young child from when they are a baby helps language development, speech development and gives them an easier start at school. It is also a very special time to cuddle and connect with your child and it is great fun too. Feedback so far is very positive, parents and kids are loving the bags.” Says Emer O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian
Apart from the bedtime storytimes bags, families are encouraged to visit their local library to support their reading habits at home. All families can borrow up to 12 books per person for Free from their local library and we there is lots of advise to help parents get the most out of storytime and information about storytime events in the libraries too.
Ellen Kilmartin, Nela Benusova with her daughter Rebecca and Aine Beausang, Librarian Roscrea Library.
Margaret Ryan with Chuckles Montessori in Newport
Staff from Little Explorers Clonmel with Aileen Healy
Ellen Kilmartin, with Spraoi Playschool Tipperary Town
Anne Marie Mullins with Fethard Community Playgroup
Staff from Little Explorers Clonmel with Emer O’Brien