Books still have their place
DESPITE the allure of computers, iPads and Playstations, it seems books are still a drawcard for children.
Throughout Book Week, Southern Downs Regional Council Stanthorpe librarian Christine Taylor has been thrilled to see local kids browsing the shelves.
"I think children are still enthralled with books, even though they are surrounded by technology," Ms Taylor said.
"Children have many options to occupy their time but are just as likely to 'go grab a book', especially if they have been introduced to books early on in life."
Ms Taylor said developments in technology had created new ways to engage with books.
"Modern technology has given children more choices, and with ebooks they can have interactive elements (talking characters, highlighted words etc)," she said.
"Some ebooks have an audio book function so the book 'reads to the child'."
The librarian sees many children hitting the shelves after school, or cosying up for story time on Thursday mornings.
Ms Taylor said reading, even for 10 minutes a day, could improve schoolwork, memory and imagination, while reading with a carer could also be a bonding experience.
Head down to see the Stanthorpe Library before August 23 to see the Book Week display, which features a special alien treasure hunt.