Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sharing. talking and reading (S*T*A*R*) – Early Years Literacy Program in Australia





Literacy matters – Early Years Programs

Following the various sessions around the IFLA Congress – yes – literary matters very much and we saw some great program examples.

I’m taking the opportunity to share and early years literacy program from my City.
City of Gold Coast Libraries in Australia present a range of early years literacy programs with a primary focus on language development, modelling positive reading practices and providing a fun nurturing environment for children to engage with language, books and rhymes.

In 2015 City Libraries committed to incorporating Language Priority and Conversational Reading, key elements of the Abecedarian Approach, into our Early Years Program. The Abecedarian Approach, developed in 1972, has been shown through longitudinal studies to have positive cognitive, social and health effects for children, during their school years and into adulthood.

Along with the very popular, Baby Rhyme Time, Toddler Time and Story time sessions programmed within library spaces, City Libraries have also been taking high-quality opportunities for sharing. talking and reading (STAR) out into the community, and especially to areas identified as having a higher percentage of children at risk of low-literacy. With funding from the Queensland State Government’s First 5 Forever grant (administered by State Library of Queensland), City of Gold Coast Libraries, through cross-sector engagement, is working to identify gaps in the community. Our skilled team set up ‘pop-up libraries’ in parks and community halls. The STAR sessions focuson building relationship with parents over time, whilst providing them with the support, encouragement, skills, awareness and confidence to be able to give their children the best opportunity for success.



PLS Satellite – Philadelphia







Hello everyone, I have arrived in Philadelphia ahead of the 2016 Public Libraries’ pre Congress satellite. Today I have been learning amongst other things, all about Benjamin Franklin who with a group of friends opened America’s first lending library in 1731. This library paved the foundation for the first free public library services in America. It is fitting that the PLS section satellite is hosted by  Free Public Library of Philadelphia. I know our delegates will be inspired.image

Public Libraries Sessions – IFLA Congress 2016







On this side of the world the Australian IFLA contingent is getting ready to head on over to the Congress and the various satellite events.  What an array of sessions to choose from!

Please join our first session on Monday 15 August 2016 from 1-4.30 pm at the Columbus Main Library (a short walk from the Convention Centre) A Sanctuary in Times of Need- the public library response.  You will hear some inspirational stories about how public libraries have been working with refugee communities

Who will win the prestigious Systematic Public Library of the Year Award?

Find out following this session from 4.30-6.30 pm

Shortlisted libraries are:

  • Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, USA
  • Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Australia
  • Success Public Library, Australia

Hear about these fabulous libraries and join us afterwards for a celebratory drink.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Public Libraries Standing Committee Meetings as observers

Session 037 Saturday 13 August 3.15pm – 5.45 pm Room C212
Session 209 Thursday 18 August 9.45am – 11.15 am Room C226