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by Sandra Smith. 
Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services  – Dec 2008
 
Reading to babies, infants and toddlers is one of the most important things families can do with their children to develop their literacy. As a result of this and other evidence, Communities for Children Cranbourne has developed a partnership with the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation in an outreach program that rakes the library’s resources to places where the local community goes, via existing agencies and child friendly facilities.
 
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by Rob Reid
American Libraries – May 2009

I find myself in front of dozens of family groups each year, entertaining them with stories and songs at libraries, schools, festivals, and literacy programs. I thoroughly enjoy audiences where young children are joined by older siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, and friends.

This togetherness is in sharp contrast to my first introduction to public library story programs, in the early 1980s. I volunteered at my local library and was told, “Whatever you do, don’t let the parents in!”…

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by John Woolfolk
Santa Cruz Sentinel – 25 January 2009

Everyone agrees reading is good for kids. But a federal law taking effect in February appears to deem children’s books a potential health hazard and may force libraries to clear out entire children’s collections until they’re proven free of toxic lead and plastic.

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