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Daddy and Me at A.H. Bracks Library

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Published January 26th 2015
Storytime fun for fathers and toddlers
Daddy and Me storytime AH Bracks Library Melville reading books pre-school young toddler father dad uncle brother granddad
Daddy and Me is a chance for fathers to enjoy storytime sessions with their young ones at the library.

If you're a dad or even a granddad, uncle or big brother AH Bracks Library in Melville has special storytime sessions every Saturday for pre-school children. Known as "Daddy and Me", the weekly event is for fathers who often miss out on the experience of joining their kids for storytime during the week.

Held from 9.30am to 10am, the free sessions are held during school terms and kick off again on February 7. Daddy and Me is designed for pre-school children aged two to five to help build the bonds with their dads and other male care-givers.

So what's in store? Great children's books, of course, read aloud by one of the library staff, along with much-loved rhymes and duplo blocks (you know, the big lego for pre-schoolers) for building all manner of things.

AH Bracks Library is run by Melville council or the City of Melville, as it likes to be called and Daddy and Me is part of its ongoing commitment to early literacy.

Program development librarian Dominique Ward said the story time sessions gave toddlers a chance to share in the joys of books and imagination while also developing their language and fine motor skills.

"Sessions such as these give children the best possible start for when they begin school and help them realise reading can excite, inspire and open whole new worlds of experience," she said. "It's an important opportunity for dads, granddads and all other male caregivers to bond with the children in their lives through stories, rhymes and duplo fun."

Daddy and Me storytime AH Bracks Library Melville reading books pre-school young toddler father dad uncle brother granddad
Fathers and their children enjoying a Daddy and Me session.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey also thinks they're pretty groovy, given his council (or "city" if you must) is a strong advocate for the literacy program known as Better Beginnings, supported by the WA State Government and Rio Tinto, and operated by the State Library of Western Australia

"As is reinforced at Better Beginnings information sessions for new parents, the first five years of a child's life are absolutely critical to their development and literacy skills and it is never too early to start exposing children to books and stories," he says. "It is also important to note the impact parents can have on their child's literacy levels, through role modelling reading themselves and being involved in their child's journey towards learning to read."

Many fathers who have previously attended Daddy and Me heard about it from their wives and partners which sounds as if the mums have found a great way to enjoy a well-earned break at home.

AH Bracks Library is on the corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road, Melville. Bookings for Daddy and Me are not required but enquiries can be made on 9364 0115.
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Why? It's a great way for dads to bond with their kids and help them develop a love of reading
When: 9.30am-10am every Saturday during school terms.
Phone: 9364 0115
Where: AH Bracks Library, corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road, Melville
Cost: Free
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