Sunshine Coast Libraries’ story seat brings the magic of storytelling to Shelly Beach Park
  • Monday 23 April 2018

Families and children have even more reason to visit Shelly Beach Park at Caloundra with the launch of Sunshine Coast Council Libraries’ First 5 Forever story seat featuring artwork from the popular children’s picture book The Big Fish.

The author, Pamela Allen, has enchanted and entertained generations of children for more than 35 years.

She is a multi award-winning author with many titles now considered “classics”.

Pamela's books are full of the music of language and are designed to be read aloud.

Three of her titles have even been adapted into internationally acclaimed theatre productions.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the story seats, such as the one now in Shelly Beach Park, were a great part of the First 5 Forever early childhood literacy program.

“Families with children under five are invited to come to Shelly Beach Park and explore the magic of storytelling at the purpose-built story seat,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The story seat is a colourful, engaging and positive way to encourage 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 have now installed 10 colourful story seats in parks across the region which are a visible way of promoting literacy and 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 can be found 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.

Families are 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 0-5 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.