Warrandyte Community Centre and Library Open Day and Storytime – 19 October 2013

On Saturday I was honoured to perform a Storytime Session at the brand new Warrandyte Library to celebrate the Open Day.

When I arrived, the library was, as libraries should be, whisper-quiet. Library staff had set up child-sized chairs and coloured seating blocks in front, while behind were chairs for bigger people . . . parents and care-givers. I set up my display of books and took up my position in the ‘reading chair’ and at 2.00 p.m. it was still quiet.

But of course, I’d momentarily forgotten ‘Warrandyte Time’ (traditionally later) and at 2.03 clusters of 3-5 year olds with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles filled the reading area and all the seats.

I read ‘Hey Baby’ and afterwards pulled plastic animals from my secret bag, asking the children ‘Was this animal in the book?’ I can assure you the library was no longer quiet, but filled with the loud enthusiasm and laughter of small children enjoying the simplest of activities . . . reading, sharing and colouring-in from a book.


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  1. christinemareebell Sounds like a great time had by all, even if by Warrandyte time! Those faces say it all. But I am biased. "Hey Baby" is a most divine book and I can't wait to read it to my little Hey "grandbaby. xx C
    October 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm · Reply
  2. Corinne Fenton Thank you Chris . . . and good timing . . . 3 more Hey Baby's on the way so Alexander is going to be set.
    October 24, 2013 at 9:34 am · Reply
  3. Pam Davidsson My grandchildren Ethan and Gemma thoroughly enjoyed "Hey Baby" and your interactions with them, very evident by the smiles on their faces. Thank you Pam Dabidson
    November 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm · Reply
    • corinne Hello Pam. That's very nice to hear. It was so much fun that day with all those children seemingly appearing from nowhere. I'm glad your grandchildren enjoyed Hey Baby! They are gorgeous children. Thank you for emailing. Best wishes, Corinne
      November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm · Reply
  4. Susanne Gervay What what a week or so - from beautiful new picture book to celebrating your 8 years leading SCBWI Victoria - you're a star!!!!!!!
    November 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm · Reply

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