Burnie Works is delivering the Books in Homes program in 2023 thanks to the generous support from our funding partner the Emu Bay Lions Club.
Books in Homes provides books of choice to families and children. It aims to inspire young people to develop a love of reading, prepare for school and develop reading skills for life.
Books in Homes is available to children who attend a Launching into Learning program at a primary school in Burnie or at the Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre. Children can choose three books three times a year and they will receive them in a personalised book bag.
Launching into Learning is a FREE program available right here in Burnie aimed at supporting children (aged from birth to 4 years) to get a great start!
Burnie Works Chair Jacqueline de Jonge said “We are pleased that we can run programs such as Books in Homes, as we know that supporting children’s learning in their early years helps them to successfully transition into school. In children’s education, Every Day Counts and this begins in the early years. We hope families in Burnie enjoy reading these books together.
“The Premier has committed to a community-wide framework to improve literacy at all stages of life. Improving literacy in Tasmania is a whole of community responsibility and by putting books in children’s hands (and minds) in the early years, Burnie Works and our generous partners hope to contribute to improving literacy in Burnie.”
Book packs for term one were presented to 247 students at their Launching into Learning session and at the Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre at the end of last term and we are now planning for term two.
A very special thank you to our funding partner Emu Bay Lions Club who are committing $18,500 to Books in Homes until the end of 2023.
Allan Berechree from the Emu Bay Lions Club said that the Club was happy to support the Books in Homes initiative.
“We have seen for ourselves the great impact reading has on young children and their families.
“The funding for this initiative comes from proceeds of our Book Market at Wivenhoe, and we encourage Burnie residents to visit us on the first Saturday of each month, knowing that every dollar raised is supporting local children”.
Burnie Works would also like to acknowledge and thank our volunteers and partners who have helped to deliver the Books in Homes program in Burnie; the Department of Education Children and Young People, Natone, Ridgley, Havenview, Montello, Romaine Park, Burnie and Cooee Primary Schools, Burnie Child and Family Centre and Libraries Tasmania.