I have been working at the library service for just over 10 years, and I have been delivering story time programs at Port Melbourne Public Library, Albert Park library, Emerald Hill Library and St Kilda library service for well over 9 years.
I love my job, and I love getting to know all the families in the area, who come to story time. They start off bringing their first baby to the library, (then usually another sibling later on ) and it is a privilege to watch them grow up and develop as a person, learning early literacy skills, with the use of reading stories, singing, action rhymes, dance, counting, and interactive and engaging ‘play' sessions, when attending story time programs and using the Port Melbourne library space.
There are 2.5 million story time sessions deliver in public libraries right across Victoria every year, and they are all free. Cultural institutions such as public libraries are such an important part of early learning and early literacy for children and their families in the local community. As well as learning early literacy, by coming to the library at least once a week, children develop a life long love of public libraries, and children’s space within libraries are vital for children to feel they belong and to assist them with developing a love of books and reading, and to assist them to get involved in using the digital services of a modern public library as well.
The website for the Port Melbourne Library is: http://library.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Home
Our website is chock full of information for the whole family, including, school holiday programs, homework help, access to ebooks, and e-audio books, e-magazines, films, book clubs for children and local history. You can even find out who lived in your house 100 years ago at your library!
I am delighted to be part of the Port Melbourne community, and as an added bonus, when I buy my lunch each day, I am always greeted by children and their families who call out to me in Bay Street to show me their latest drawing done at kinder, or to tell me all about their day, or show me their sore finger or knee, which always has a splendid Wiggles or Peppa Pig band-aid applied to help with the healing. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
By Monica Dullard
Photo by Michelle Chan