Waterford Plaza: Little Library Sessions to help kids enjoy literacy


Nate Draper with Leo Anestoudis (2), centre manager Vivienne Steur and Gowrie Early Learning Centre’s Aimee Thomas with Aurora Anestoudis (6mths). Picture: Jon Hewson.
Nate Draper with Leo Anestoudis (2), centre manager Vivienne Steur and Gowrie Early Learning Centre’s Aimee Thomas with Aurora Anestoudis (6mths). Picture: Jon Hewson.

DEVELOPING literacy skills is an essential foundation for children – a notion not lost on Gowrie Early Learning Centre Karawara.

Gowrie will next month launch a new initiative called Little Library Sessions, a free walk-in story and play time workshop for kids.

Gowrie representative Nate Draper said the organisation had run play sessions in other shopping centres that had been very successful with sometimes more than 100 attendees in a single day.

“That is a lot of people we can impact and literacy is so important for speech development,” he said.

“We hope Little Library Sessions will be able to reach young children, including those who are not yet in school, and get them and their families used to reading.”

Little Library Session will include a book swap so residents can take books home and return them with the same or another second-hand novel.

Waterford Plaza is also running a backpack and school uniform drive for 20 local children enrolled at Manning and Curtin Primary Schools.

Waterford Plaza centre manager Vivienne Steur said the centre ran the drive last year and it was a huge success in helping to get children who were hesitant to attend school.

Little Library Sessions will run the second Wednesday of each month, from 10am to 11.30am at Waterford Plaza from February 14.