Library staff Get Loud to get deaf kids talking
  • Tuesday 12 May 2009

Sunshine Coast Libraries will be awash in a sea of colour on Friday 15 May with staff wearing their loudest shirts to support Queensland’s hearing impaired children on ‘Loud Shirt Day’.

Library staff will be making donations to the charity and helping raise awareness about Loud Shirt Day which has more than 40,000 participants throughout Queensland this year.

All money raised goes directly toward helping local deaf children and their families.

The money is then used to help children reach important language and speech milestones which will allow them to attend their local schools and reach their full potential, Library Hubs Manager Louise Bauer said.

“Library staff have decided to take part in the fundraising by dressing loudly for the day and we’ve also planned a children’s event at Noosa Library,” Ms Bauer said.

On Loud Shirt Day, Noosa Library will hold a special storytelling session at 10am with a LOUD theme. Afterwards, children will get their own white T-shirt to decorate with paints in their own creative loud style to take home. Local business Beach Hut Screenprinting has donated 50 white T-shirts for the event.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 5442 4411.

The Library events also support the Hear and Say Centre, who hope to raise $100,000 through this year’s appeal. The centre teaches profoundly deaf and hearing impaired babies and children to speak using the modern technology of the cochlear implant combined with Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

And they are achieving remarkable success with more than 94 per cent of the centre’s students graduating into mainstream classrooms with their hearing peers, putting the Sunshine Coast at the forefront of this work compared to Europe where only 33 per cent of children achieve the same results.

So drop into your local library on 15 May, see the staff in all their Loud Shirt glory or book into the Noosa Library storytelling and T-shirt painting day.

Information about national Loud Shirt Day is available at www.loudshirtday.com.au