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.