Granville Mens Shed president Brian Banks gets a helping hand to finish off one of the new Community Reading Boxes from Poppy the Possum and Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings.
FINDING a book to read will get a little easier with the launch of new Community Reading Boxes in Merrylands and Auburn next month.
Supported by a Clubs Grant, and designed and built by volunteers from the Granville Men's Shed, the project is an initiative of Cumberland Council's Paint Cumberland REaD program, with mascot Poppy the Possum encouraging people to use the boxes to 'Take a Book, Leave a Book'.
Aimed at encouraging reading and improving literacy skills throughout the community, but particularly for young children, Mayor Greg Cummings says early literacy programs can be particularly beneficial for those who haven't yet started 'big school'.
Poppy the Possum story-time activities are designed to help children learn in a creative and fun environment, setting a solid foundation for future education, learning and development.
To help launch the boxes, free simultaneous children's story-time events hosted by Poppy will be held in the wildlife areas of the Holroyd Central Gardens at Merrylands West and the Auburn Botanic Gardens On Monday, March 12, at 10am. Bookings are not required.