Reading to your child or grandchild involves so much more than just reading the story, attendees at the inaugural early literacy fundraiser of the Friends of the Dungog Community Centre were told.
Reading involves cuddling on the couch, looking at and discussing the pictures, asking and answering questions and finding out what the child thinks about the story.
Local author Jane Hartley kept her audience amused and spellbound as she also read from illustrated stories compiled by her grandchildren.
President of the CWA, Julie Fitzgerald and cultural officer Carol Johnstone threw open the doors of the CWA Hall for the event, keen to support what falls under the CWA banner of cultural activities and to participate in an activity to benefit the younger members of our society.
Rotary President Bev Irwin came armed with a cheque donation of $1,000 to fund the "Books for Babies" program for another 12 months.
Sarah U'Brien, Manager of the Community Centre, gave a heartfelt speech about the importance of early literacy and books in the home.
The committee hopes this is just the start of support for these programs and others run by the Community Centre, all of which need ongoing funding to continue.
Anyone wishing to help should contact President Anne Higgins on 0403 029 181.