Fairfield Storytime with Dad
OrganisationFairfield City Library Service, NSW
LocationWhitlam Library Railway Parade, Cabramatta, N.S.W 2166
Project description and objectives
Storytime with Dad is a multilingual storytime session with male storytellers using community languages, songs, games and craft to model emergent literacy practices to men and encourage them to interact positively with the children. Dads and granddads are specifically invited by their children to attend.
- To involve community members using family languages
- To encourage new arrivals to use the library
- Importance of male reading role models
- To model the importance of early literacy practices in family languages
Staffing and volunteers
Currently 3 presenters on the day of the event with 2-3 people assisting.
Uniting Care Burnside and Smith Family
Funding sourcesSmith Family and Uniting Care Burnside
The importance of fathers modeling positive reading, language and social behaviours with their children cannot be overstated. For communities where many families speak a language other than English and literacy rates are low, this is even more crucial. This project was the result of a partnership between Fairfield City Library Service, The Smith Family, Learning Links and UnitingCare Burnside through the Australian Government's Communities 4 Children program. Speech pathologists and early childhood educators from Learning Links worked with male staff from the Library and UnitingCare Burnside to develop a storytime program where men read stories, sing songs and do craft activities with children in their community languages. Dads and granddads receive special invitations from their children to attend the events. Now that the program is established Learning Links has left the partnership.
• Staffing by Fairfield City Libray service and UnitingCare Burnside
• Giveaways organised by UnitingCare Burnside
• Funding from The Smith Family C4C program (FaCSIA)
• Fliers in community languages
• Personal invitations from children
• Local paper
• Council's "What's On" guide
Storytime with Dad encourages dads and granddads to read, tell stories and play with their children using their family language. It provides a fantastic opportunity for Dads to spend time with their children whilst sharing books, learning and having fun. The program helps Dads bond with their children, aids language development, vocabulary learning and helps young children understand feelings and helps develop skills needed for starting school such as telling stories.
New library memberships are generated for newcomers
Materials from the library are borrowed on the day