An added bonus to the recently refurbished Tain Library is that weekly Bookstart Rhymetime sessions are now being enjoyed by local babies and young toddlers.
Full disabled access into and throughout the building is now available. The rearrangement of the library gives better provision for customers, especially children and users of the audio and large print stock. During the period of closure Library staff took the opportunity to refresh the book stock so a wide range of new material is now available to library users of all ages and interests.
The Highland Council’s Chairman of Education, Culture and Sport, Councillor Bill Fernie said: “I am sure all library users will enjoy the improved facilities and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the library. It is a real bonus that regular Rhymetimes sessions will now take place which,no doubt, will prove to be very popular with parents and their young children. By making music, singing and rhymes an important part of a child’s upbringing, parents are developing their own and their children’s confidence and social skills.”
The weekly Bookstart Rhymetime sessions take place on a Tuesday from 12.30 to 1pm and are free, informal fun sessions with trained staff using rhymes, songs, music and stories to entertain young children.
Research by Bookstart has proved that there are links between singing and rhymes and literacy development.
Lesley Pinder, Bookstart Rhymetime Project Manager, believes that these sessions, if attended regularly, have the potential to greatly increase Highland Council’s children’s literacy development and enjoyment of music:
“Music is the perfect vehicle for learning, and is a way of communicating with your child before they can even talk. Recent research by Youth Music has shown that music making can help to develop communication, maths, listening, concentration, sharing and social skills in under 5’s. This in turn increases children’s confidence and can give them a head start when they begin full time education.
Tain Library is located on Stafford Street in Tain and opening hours are:
• Monday closed
• Tuesday 10.30am - 1.30pm, 3.00pm - 7.00pm
• Wednesday 10.30am - 1.30pm
• Thursday 2.00pm - 5.30pm
• Friday 2.00pm - 5.30pm
• Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm
For further information please telephone 01862 892391