What began as a project to slow down and stop the habit of single-use plastic bags has, for the Great Lakes, extended into library bags and giving children the chance to appreciate and love reading!
A group of generous women who meet fortnightly to create Boomerang Bags are now making library bags for Friends of the Great Lakes Library’s (FOGLL) Book Start program. Distributed to all new mums through child and family care nurses, the library bags contain a children’s board book, rhyme time book and CD, literacy and numeracy cards and information about reading. Research has shown children who are read to from an early age learn more sounds, develop listening skills, extend their vocabularies, imagination, understanding of concepts, and will learn to read by themselves more easily.
The bags are made using recycled fabric from garage sales, deceased estates and the Tuncurry tip, and funds raised through sales of the bags are all donated back to the community. Last year for example, the group donated to Riding for the Disabled.