Babies bounce along to rhyme time
BABIES are bouncing to rhymes across the Valley thanks to the Babies and Books program at Clarence Valley libraries.
The interactive four-week program is currently at the Grafton Library and is packed with songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories which provide a fun atmosphere in which babies can build literacy skills.
The social aspect of the sessions was clearly evident on Friday, with four babies crawling around the floor and making friends, while their mums watched on.
Sara Linsey was one of the mums at the program and she sees the value in it.
"It's really great to see them all together singing and reading together, and it is a great excuse to get out of the house and meet other parents," she said.
The program is designed for children aged six months to two years and librarian Katrina Shillam is very passionate about keeping it going.
"We are always wanting to introduce the younger members of the community to the wonders of the written word and by doing it this way the babies have a lot of fun, too.
"It is also a useful tool for parents as they can meet and discover the recourses we have available for parents," she said.
The Babies and Books program will run in Grafton throughout September and will move to Yamba in November.