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Somerset secures grant for pop-up library trailer

A POP-UP library trailer will hit the road in Somerset with the support of a First 5 Forever Project Grant.

Published: 21st February 2020

A POP-UP library trailer will hit the road in Somerset with the support of a First 5 Forever Project Grant.

Somerset Regional Council was this month awarded the $12,700 grant as part of a state-wide program to promote stronger language and early literacy outcomes for families.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council would use the money to buy a library trailer that would visit towns across the region.

“The trailer will be kitted out with books, technology, educational toys, play mats and general information on learning, language and literacy,” Cr Lehmann said.

“It will basically be an extension of Somerset Libraries’ First 5 Forever program, allowing staff to reach more sections of the community.

“The trailer will become a great asset for our region, and I thank the Queensland Government for its support and recognition of Somerset.”

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said First 5 Forever activities had attracted more than 2.5 million people since the program’s launch in 2015.

“It recognises the importance of literacy and language development in the first five years of a child’s life and provides families with information, resources and support to encourage them to talk, read, sing and play,” Ms Enoch said.

First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government, coordinated by State Library of Queensland and delivered in partnership with local government.

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