We recently celebrated National Libraries Week (8-13th October) helping shine a light on the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, the celebration week focused on wellbeing, with libraries showcasing how they bring communities together.

Three Southend and Shoebury Pre-Schools/Day Nurseries in the Better Start areas joined in the fun by visiting their local libraries to mark the week. Children from Elim Church Day Nursery, Little Stars Shoebury Day Nursery and Ready Teddy Go Pre-School shared stories and nursery rhymes, as well as searching for their favourite books. Children were encouraged to join the library, with parents receiving library registration forms to help start their child’s life-long love of books.

Each child also received a Bear’s Reading Adventure book from the ABSS team, which had been donated by Southend Bookstart. The children took these home, but were encouraged to bring the books with them each time they returned to the library to receive a special sticker to add to the story on every occasion!

The celebrations continued with three new wooden hand-made ‘Little Libraries’ being donated to ABSS children’s settings for under 4s free by Chris Gosling, a retired teacher. Children and parents are encouraged to bring and exchange books for the libraries, swapping them and discovering the exciting world of reading.

We offer a range of communication and language courses and projects which promote a love of reading for children under 4 and their parents or carers in A Better Start areas. This includes the popular Let’s Talk project, providing fun-packed sessions helping parents, carers and young people develop their communication skills. To find out more about Let’s Talk, call 01702 356056 or email alpha.thomas@nhs.net.

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