Sunshine Coast Libraries’ story seat brings the magic of storytelling to Maroochy Lions Park
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018

Families and children have even more reason to visit Maroochy Lions Park at Maroochydore with the launch of Sunshine Coast Council Libraries’ First 5 Forever story seat featuring artwork from the popular children’s picture book Home in the Rain.

Published by Walker Books in 2016, Home in the Rain tells a delightful story, celebrating the simple yet special moments that often pass us by unnoticed.

The author, Bob Graham, is a Kate Greenaway-winning author-illustrator who has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's picture books including How to Heal a Broken Wing, Let's Get a Pup! and Rose meets Mr Wintergarten.

He still uses pen dipped in ink, chalks and watercolour for his images.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the story seats were a great part of the First 5 Forever early childhood literacy program.

“All of our Sunshine Coast families with children under five can come to Maroochy Lions Park and explore the magic of storytelling at the purpose-built story seat,” Cr Hungerford said.

“The story seat is a colourful, engaging and positive way of encouraging parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in the development of their child’s early literacy skill from 0-5 years.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries had been granted $1 million over four years by the Queensland Government to implement the First 5 Forever program.

“The aim of this universal family literacy program is to support strong language and literacy environments for young children from 0–5 years and their families,” Cr McKay said.

“We have already implemented a number of activities under this program and we are now installing colourful story seats in parks across the region which will be a visible way of promoting literacy inviting families to engage in storytelling, active play, singing and reading.

“The seats, designed by council’s Parks and Gardens area, reinforce the message, ‘the first five years last a lifetime’.”

Story seats are being rolled out progressively across the region in the following parks:

  • Pioneer Park, Landsborough
  • Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland
  • Power Memorial Park, Mudjimba
  • Muller Park, Bli Bli
  • Russell Family Park, Montville
  • Kenilworth town park, Kenilworth
  • Maroochy Lions Park, Maroochydore
  • Shelly Beach Park, Shelly Beach
  • Grahame Stewart Park, Currimundi
  • Brightwater Community Lake Park, Brightwater

In 2018, families will be encouraged to obtain a map and head off on an adventure to find all 10 story seats, take a picture with the seats and share on social media using the hashtag #Storyseat.

First 5 Forever is a universal family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for young children from 0 to five years and their families.

The program is funded by the Queensland State Government and is being delivered by 320 public libraries across Queensland.

Visit council’s library website for more details and join the #Storyseat conversation by following Sunshine Coast Libraries Facebook page.