The Port Augusta Early Childhood Network will be launching the Paint Port Augusta REaD literacy program next week.
The network will be hosting a combined playgroup at 10am at the Eastside Foreshore on Thursday, February 4 to launch the nationwide early literacy community program that encourages the whole community to read, talk, sing and play with children from birth to help develop the skills they will need for reading and writing.
The program will feature a special egg, which will need to be found at the playgroup and nurtured with plenty of reading, rhyming and singing.
The egg will visit local kindergartens, childcare centres and community events, and once it grows to its full size a mystery mascot will emerge at a Reading Day event later in the year.
Community librarian at the Port Augusta Public Library Marie Trezise said the first three years of life were important for a child's brain development.
"From birth, each time you read, talk, sing, hug and play with a baby, new brain connections are formed and strengthened," she said.
"These daily activities lay the foundation for language development, reading and emotional wellbeing."
For more information about the program, contact Ms Trezise at the library on 8641 9151, or visit the Paint the Town REaD website at paintthetownread.info.