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Top Three ways to change a child’s future

I’m an advocate for reading. Reading to me opens the doors to an education every child should be able to access. Without basic literacy skills your child will fall behind. They will struggle at school and in their future years.

We need to invest time and effort into helping our children learn and grow.

So my top three pieces of advice to make this happen is:

  1. Turn off the electronic devices. Yes that includes your phone, tablet and computer. Sit down beside your child with a real book, and read the book together. At first it will be you doing the reading, but as your child grows in confidence, they will join in. Then one day they will read to you. Trust me that is the day you reap the reward for turning off the devices and reading together.

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2. Model Reading. So yet again I’m asking step away from the electronic, and pick up a magazine, a newspaper a book – something real and tangible. Pick it up and be caught reading by your child. You don’t have to be reading for long, your child will gravitate towards you if you’re sitting still reading. They might climb up beside you, or onto your lap. Make it time for the both of you to be together.

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3. Walk the Talk. Talk about what you’re reading, and ask what they might like to read. Open up the conversation and talk about different genres, about fiction and non fiction. If you need help, talk to a Teacher, Librarian, neighbour, friend – anyone who is a passionate reader. Trust me they will help. Or drop me a line and I can help, I’ve been where you are, and my own child is now a passionate, active reader.

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We make a difference in a child’s life when we open the doors to reading – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.


Victorian State Election – a call for Gender Equity

With the 2018 Victorian election nearing, we need to ensure that women’s equality, sexual and reproductive health and freedom from violence are on the agenda. I am emailing to ask you to commit to these key priorities, including your support for the continued development of a sustainable peak body.

Victorian women and girls experience significant inequality. Women are underrepresented in senior leadership roles and continue to perform the majority of care and domestic work (paid and unpaid). Women continue to face barriers to accessing safe, accessible and timely sexual and reproductive health services and intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability, and injury for women between the ages of 18 and 44 in Australia.
We can stop this violence before it occurs by promoting state wide gender equity strategies and providing long-term funding to make information and services accessible. A number of social, economic and geographic barriers prevent women from accessing evidence based information and services. These barriers can be even worse for women who are Aboriginal, who are older, come from migrant or refugee background, experience a disability, or who are LGBTI.

Gender Equity Victoria is coordinating state-wide action across current and prospective members to promote GEN VIC’s Priorities for Victorian Government Action 2018-2021.

The priorities are to:
• Advance Gender Equity
• Promote Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health
• Prevent Violence Against Women
• Support the Development of a Sustainable Peak Body that can coordinate community action to advance equity, promote health and prevent violence.

I urge you to pledge support for Gender Equity Victoria’s Priorities for Government Action 2018-2021 and listen to evidence, research and women’s voices.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We need to get to a place whereby the library is seen as a hub for developing information literacy skills, conducting research, and accessing all of the online tools, software and databases that support us all to learn, discover, and excel.
This should be our vision statement for the Information Profession. Another great post from Information Literacy Spaces.

Victorian Election Social Policy Announcements – Liberal, Labor and Greens

VCOSS policy experts are searching high and low for the parties’ official policy pledges.
When they find a policy document, they will post it here.

If no formal policy document exists they will piece together a fair representation based on available speeches, public statements and media releases. They will also share videos and links to politicians’ media appearances, where relevant.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We need to get to a place whereby the library is seen as a hub for developing information literacy skills, conducting research, and accessing all of the online tools, software and databases that support us all to learn, discover, and excel.
This should be our vision statement for the Information Profession.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We demand more female Superheroes!



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