More pop-up libraries in store for young Mackay children
MACKAY Regional Council will receive a share in almost $350,000 to develop reading and storytelling sessions, and promote First Nations languages.
The State Government has provided $347,465 in funding across 20 councils under the First 5 Forever program, which aims to offer strong early literacy foundations for children aged up to five years of age through public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.
"First 5 Forever Innovation Grants totalling $284,465 will go to 18 councils for innovative and flexible projects in local libraries which support and develop a love of language and literacy skills in babies and young children," Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said.
"An additional $63,000 will be distributed among five councils supporting Community Literacy Champions raising local awareness of the importance of early literacy and encouraging families with children aged up to five to connect with library services."
Mackay Regional Council received $27,559 to go towards the Borrowing Books with Berky program, creating borrowing boxes, increasing pop-up library and continuing to embed Yuwi language by reprinting local books in waterproof material.
The council received a further $9408 to connect the community and local libraries with a new Berky the Turkey inspired children's library card and a Fun Palace event at Mount Pleasant Centre.
Mayor Greg Williamson said the funding allowed Berky to continue spreading the importance of early literacy with Mackay's First 5 Forever team.
Ms Enoch said the grants were part of the State Government's $20 million funding commitment to deliver the First 5 Forever program.
Since launching in 2015, First 5 Forever activities have attracted more than 2.5 million attendances in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across the state.