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Books For Children

Dunedin Public Libraries pioneered library services to children, instituting a lending service in 1910 and commencing bulk loans to schools in 1918. In 1938 Dorothy Neal White, who would become an internationally respected advocate for children’s literature, became the city’s first professional children’s librarian. Today the Library’s Books for Babies scheme introduces our newest citizens to reading at birth, and the city is currently home to 17 published writers for children.

Today the role of the library has expanded. It now coordinates the Books for Babies scheme which introduces reading, from soon after birth, to around 2,000 of Dunedin’s newest citizens every year. During preschool years, a professional creative story telling programme, Storytelling Adventures, is delivered to preschools and libraries, enchanting and delighting little ones with stories and song. As children grow and learn to read, a popular summer reading programme is offered to encourage a lifetime love of reading and learning.

Many award winning writers and illustrators of children’s book live and work in Dunedin including David Elliot and Tania Roxborogh.


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