You can close the book on any notions of Redland Libraries being stuffy, dark, book depositories, thanks to their increasing range of engaging programs and events that provide a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said on 3 September, Redland Libraries would launch its new and exciting Adult Literacy Program, to provide free mentoring for adults needing help with reading, writing and basic number skills.
“The program is based on a learner-driven model used successfully in libraries and community organisations across the world,” Cr Williams said.
“The Redland Libraries Adult Literacy Program is an excellent community service that will support lifelong learning and see Redlanders better communicate and participate in society.
“Volunteers received specialist training by Redland Libraries and accredited trainers so they could best help learners achieve their unique literacy goals.
“Education enables people to better participate in life and improve their school and work opportunities, and Redland Libraries strive to run a range of programs to facilitate continued learning.
“Literacy is a fundamental life skill but nearly half the Australian adult population struggles with everyday reading and writing – from reading a newspaper to reading to their children or even following medication instructions.”
Redland Libraries Manager Jo Jones said the libraries received a wonderful response from people in the community eager to volunteer their time to be mentors in the program.
She said the Adult Literacy Program complemented other library initiatives such as the First5Forever (0-5 years) program and author events.
“Author events and the libraries’ First5Forever Program are all about developing literacy in multiple ways – through listening, viewing and reading so children can learn to use language effectively and confidently,” Ms Jones said.
“On 6 September, Redland Libraries and Redlands Performing Arts Centre will be hosting An evening with Morris Gleitzman, in which the Australian Children’s Laureate and award-winning author will share his insights into the importance of stories for both young and old.
“Studies have shown that children who are read to more frequently from an early age enter school with larger vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.
“Redland Libraries not only want to provide the books and resources to help children and families but also provide innovative channels to stimulate learning for both the child and parent.”
Key event dates:
Adult Literacy Program Launch (with Mayor Karen Williams and guest speakers)
Monday 3 September, 10am – 11am
Cleveland Library, corner Bloomfield and Middle streets
Book online on the Redland City Council website.
An evening with Morris Gleitzman
Thursday 6 September, 6.30pm
Redlands Performing Arts Centre
Tickets $10 – $20
Book online on the RPAC website.