Grandparent: little bit parent, teacher and best friend

This month a Gold Coast city libraries spokesperson talks about the relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, carers and libraries:

"Grandparents - do you realise the amazing impact you have on your grandchildren by sharing stories and rhymes, singing, talking and playing with them? This is not only enjoyable, but valuable in supporting their brain development as well.

Grandparents have their own unique relationship with their grandchildren and often have access to that most important illusive treasure - time. However, even the busiest grandparents can take advantage of the opportunities that arise through the regular activities you experience with your grandchildren. Sharing books and stories, chatting during mealtimes and talking about things beyond the here and now are all known to help children's literacy development.

Wendy Butler, grandparent of two-year-old Acer, said she loves to interact with Acer using everyday activities like shopping, going to the beach or cooking as great opportunities to enhance the use of language.

"It actually makes me stop and look at life through the eyes of a child and realise the valuable learning opportunities, that we as adults take for granted.

"We also love to share our time, looking at and discussing our favourite books (especially talking about what we can see and what the story is about) and singing songs and nursery rhymes".

Visit your local library for ideas and tips for your grandchild's literacy,

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Good changes to ANZAC service at Tewantin

ANZAC DAY: The  honour guard at the Tewantin Anzac Day dawn service.

Tewantin Noosa RSL Dawn Service will be done differently this year.

What's on: Brisbane

LEST WE FORGET: We can all pay our respects by attending an Anzac Day event.

Services are being held in your region so you can pay your respects.

The Trumpet Calls - WWI Tribute at museum

VALUED MEMORABILIA: Daphne Heaton holding the plaque issued to Private Roberts' family following his death in 1918. The personalised plaque, often referred to as the "Dead Man's Penny", was issued to next-of-kin of all service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.

The Nambour Museum is located at 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour.