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Fraser encourages parents to foster love of reading in kids

Qld Children Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser
Qld Children Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser Contributed

ONE of this year's Children's Week ambassadors has urged parents to help children develop a lifelong relationship with books.

Queensland's Children Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser said this year's theme was "Celebrating Children - focus on the right of the child to play" and began on Saturday.

"Reading is one of the many ways children learn how to better understand the world around them," she said.

"This learning includes their relationships with other people and understanding, through situations highlighted in story books, about decision-making and problem solving and consequences through the choices the book characters make."

Snapshot 2012, research referenced in a recent publication from the Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardians, indicates the majority of Queensland parents regularly engage with their children in informal learning opportunities, such as reading from a book, telling stories or listening to their child read.

At least 96% of parents do these activities with their three to eight-year-old children at least once a week and 48% do so every day.

The week is celebrated across Queensland with many regional communities marking the importance of play and literacy with local events.

These range from storytelling, to arts and crafts and other activities designed to work with children's natural gift of creativity and their love of a great story.

Details of events to celebrate Children's Week 2012 can be found at childrensweek.com.au.

 

Location Activity Where Date & Time Contact
Roma A ceremony performed by local Mayor to welcome all new babies to our community Big Rig Parklands Roma Saturday, 20 October 10am Sophie Thompson 4624 0810 (bookings required)
Rockhampton Family Storytelling Drop into the library after school and discover worlds of fun and creativity Rockhampton Library 230 Bolsover St Rockhampton Saturday, 20 October 3.30 - 4.30pm Library 4936 8265
Bowen Mini Arts Festival Cooindra Family Centre Saturday, 20 October morning yrs 2-6 afternoon yrs 6-12 Elizabeth Shaw 4786 3866 (bookings required)
Nth Rockhampton Childrens creative art exhibition with a mini Olympics and sausage sizzle Girl Guides Hall 62 Lamington St Nth Rockhampton Saturday, 20 October - Sunday, 21 October 9.30am - 12.30pm Jennifer Geddes 4927 9577
Kumbia Open Day Kunbia Kindergarten Gordon St Kumbia Saturday, 20 October 9.00am - 12 noon Natalee 4164 4200
Westbrook Free rides, free music, jumping castle, free interactive marquees and skate ramp Centenary Park Barwick St Westbrook Sunday, 21 October Clayton Rogers 4614 0864/0400 232 927
Woree Childrens Week activities St Gerald Majella Primary School 63 Anderson St Woree Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Kelly D’Andrea 4054 4805
Bundaberg Celebrating Children’s Week - Focussing on the rights of the child to play and giggle and laugh Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care 14 Kitzgerald St Bundaberg Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Leanne Albury 4152 9233
Hervey Bay Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Hervey Bay Library Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Maryborough Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Maryborough Library Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Tiaro Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Tiaro Library Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Howard Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Howard Library Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Mitchell Story telling and activity session Library & Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery Cambridge St Mitchell Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4627 6386
Jackson Story telling and activity session Library, Edward St, Jackson 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4627 6386
Mungallala Story telling and activity session Library, Redford St Mungallala 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4623 6178
Surat Story telling and activity session Cobb & Co Changing Station 62 Burrowes St Surat 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4626 5136
Wallumbila Story telling and activity session Library George St Wallumbila 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4623 4111
Yuleba Story telling and activity session Library Creek St Yuleba 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4623 5971
Injune Story telling and activity session Injune Multi Purpose Complex Hutton St Injune 9.30am - 11.00am Library 4626 0502
Mossman Story Telling Douglas Libraries Mill St Mossman Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October ...
Springsure Children’s Craft Mornings Springsure Library 27 Eclipse St Springsure Monday, 22 October - Friday, 26 October 10.00am - 11.30am 4984 1265 (booking required)
Mundubbera Storytelling - inviting the Prep students down for activities and story times Mundubbera Library ... Jodie Brown 1300 696 272
Childers Recognition of Children’s Week Celebration Isis Shire Council outside school hours care Mungomery St Childers ... Maggie Neumann 4126 2972/0427 590 213
Cooktown Mobile Play-Group - face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns & tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames Lakeland Monday, 22 October 10am - 12 noon Charlotte Rangiahua 4069 6098
Camooweal Celebrating Universal Children’s Day - BBQ lunch and activities for parents, children and family Camooweal State School Monday, 22 October From 1:25pm Gary Train 4748 2127
Cooktown Mobile play-group - face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns & tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames Laura Tuesday, 23 October 10am - 12 noon Charlotte Rangiahua 4069 6098
Manunda Baby Rhyme Time sessions are held at the Library. Baby Rhyme Time is an interactive, fun program specifically for children from birth to 2 years Manunda Library Tuesday, 23 October 10:30am - 11:00am Tanya Curtis (Children’s Librarian) 4044 3785
Gympie Story times and craft activities for preschool, primary school children and their families all based on a theme inspired by Jeannie Baker’s book “Where Forest Meets The Sea†Gympie Library Wednesday, 24 October 10:30am - 11:30am Lynne Alsop 5481 0859
Mamu Showcase all of the different services that Mamu Health Service has on offer to children including Social & Emotional Wellbeing program team members. Mum(s) & Bub(s) Program and Healthy for Life program. Hoping to have craft activities/ colouring in/dancing/children’s jumping castle. Mamu Health Service 10 Ernest Street Inisfail Wednesday, 24 October 9am - 4pm Libby Bishop 4061 4477
Maryborough Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Maryborough Library Wednesday, 24 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Mudgeeraba/ Gold Coast Art in the Park - for families to attend at C&K Kindergartens on the Gold Coast Mudgeeraba Show Grounds, Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast Wednesday, 24 October 5572 1666
Wujal Wujal Mobile playgroup - face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns & tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames. Wujal Wujal Wednesday, 24 October 10am - 12 noon Charlotte Rangiahua 4069 6098
Fraser Coast Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Howard Library Wednesday, 24 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Fraser Coast Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Tiaro Library Wednesday, 24 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Mudgeeraba Art in the Park Mudgeeraba Show Grounds, Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast Wednesday, 24 October 10:00am - 1:00pm Suzette Saint-Claire 4436 1940 0410 460 095
Maryborough Celebration of early childhood - free children’s activities, live performances by local schools, family and children services stalls, parenting information Queens Park Maryborough Wednesday, 24 October 9:00am - 12:00 noon Kerri Long 4194 3050
Hervey Bay Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Hervey Bay Library Wednesday, 24 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Mudgeeraba Art in the Park Mudgeeraba Show Grounds, Mudgeeraba (Gold Coast) Wednesday, 24 October 10am - 1pm Burleigh Heads C&K Centre 5535 1557
Bundaberg A combined playgroups day to celebrate our local indigenous culture and children’s week. Entertainment and interactive activities for preschool aged children and their families hosted by Indigenous members of our community. Bundaberg and District Centre 111 Targo Street Bundaberg Wednesday, 24 October 10am - 1pm Dawn Murdock 4153 1614
Mossman Giant playgroup - all welcome Bop Stars are performing, face painting etc Mossman Showgrounds Wednesday, 24 October 9:30am - 11:30am Deb Delaney 4099 5518 $3 per family Bring along hat, morning tea & sunscreen
Gympie Play day in the park Nelson Reserve Wednesday, 24 October 9am - 11am Narelle Cramb 5482 6099
Cairns Baby rhyme time sessions are held at the library. Baby rhyme time is an interactive fun program. City Library Wednesday, 24 October 10:30am - 11am Tanya Curtis Children’s Librarian 4044 3785
Fraser Coast Story time sessions for pre-schoolers and parents Tiaro Library Thursday, 25 October Jenny Campbell 4190 5784
Cooktown Mobile playgroup - face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns & tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames. Cooktown Thursday, 25 October 9:30am - 11:30am Charlotte Rangiahua 4069 6098
Cairns Story time sessions for preschool aged children 3 - 5 years of age Earlville Library Thursday, 25 October 10:30am - 11:30am Tanya Curtis Children’s Librarian 4044 3785
Cooktown Mobile playgroup - face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns & tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames. Hope Vale Thursday, 25 October 9:30am - 11:30am Charlotte Rangiahua 4069 6098
Schools throughout Queensland Kooky Kidsafe Socks Day - students donate a gold coin to Kidsafe Qld. This even can be used by the student councillors to raise awareness of preventable injuries to themselves and their peers. Schools throughout Queensland Friday, 26 October 9am - 3pm Susan Teerds & Jennifer Eggleton 3854 1829 0411 104 833
Townsville Do-Re-Mi - Music for children Celebrate the role dads play in the life of their child. This fun and stimulating music class will develop your child’s creativity and imagination and foster an appreciation and love of music lasting a lifetime. Do-Re-Mi is affiliated with Kodaly Music Institution of Australia. Children must be accompanied by their dad or a significant male in their life. City Library Flinders Street Townsville Saturday, 27 October 10:00 - 10:30am 10:45 - 11:15am 4773 8818 Bookings required Book online: www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities/libraries or contact your local library
Townsville Do-Re-Mi - Music for children Celebrate the role dads play in the life of their child. This fun and stimulating music class will develop your child’s creativity and imagination and foster an appreciation and love of music lasting a lifetime. Do-Re-Mi is affiliated with Kodaly Music Institution of Australia. Children must be accompanied by their dad or a significant male in their life. Library 86 Thuringowa Drive Thuringowa Central Saturday, 27 October 10:00 - 10:30am 10:45 - 11:15am 4773 8818 Bookings required Book online: www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities/libraries or contact your local library
Townsville Do-Re-Mi - Music for children Celebrate the role dads play in the life of their child. This fun and stimulating music class will develop your child’s creativity and imagination and foster an appreciation and love of music lasting a lifetime. Do-Re-Mi is affiliated with Kodaly Music Institution of Australia. Children must be accompanied by their dad or a significant male in their life. Aitkenvale Library Saturday, 27 October 10:00 - 10:30am 10:45 - 11:15am 4773 8818 Bookings required Book online: www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities/libraries or contact your local library
Oxenford Family Fun Day - Sausage sizzle, jumping castle and other children’s activities available throughout the day, dancers, singers and musicians and other displays at various times. Get information about services available in this area. Studio Village Community Centre and Park 87 Village Way Studio Village Oxenford Saturday, 27 October Nikki Condon 5529 8253
Winton Family Fun Day - Sausage sizzle, old fashioned races, inflatables Eric Lenton Football Field Sunday, 28 October 4pm Majella Raymont or Sheree Miller 4657 1877 0427 571 877 (bookings required)

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