Published on 11 October 2016
Last week was all about children and reading; with the East Devonport Child & Family Health Centre which caters for families with children aged 0-5 celebrating their 5th Birthday since opening. It all started back midway through 2009 with community members working together to create a welcoming place of opportunity, one that is safe and respectful for children for children and families to play, learn and connect. It had to be the community’s place. What a great success story and a credit to Jenny Mountney, Suzanne Horton, the many volunteers, service providers, but most of all the families.
“The more things you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go” Dr. Seuss. It was a privilege to be involved with and to launch the Devonport Building Families Special Interest Group Year of Literacy for Devonport, a collaboration between the East Devonport Child & Family Health Centre, Devonport LINC and the Devonport City Council. After the recent visit by renowned children’s book author Mem Fox, the committee has continued the momentum to encourage children and their parents to read through a series of events including Mem Fox Ducks Away national book launch in Devonport with illustrator Judy Horacek, the first time Mem has launched a book outside a capital city. The launch is at the Devonport Entertainment Centre starting at 7pm on Tuesday, 1 November. I strongly urge you to get your tickets now as it is something you should not miss. There will also be kids book cafés, young writers workshops, reading Fridays and pop up reading rooms. “The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading” said Mem Fox. I hope we create an inferno of literacy, so get to it!
Mayor Steve Martin
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