Entertaining tots at library
It was with great trepidation I took Master 2 to Preschool Storytime at the Porirua Public Library recently. He is such an active child and I was worried he would run around the children’s section and sing at the top of his lungs, do his monkey impersonation, or something equally embarrassing. I decided, however, that I needed to do my Toddler in Tow duty and give it a go.
We arrived in the science fiction area, near the children’s section, to discover an array of brightly coloured, shaped cushions scattered around the floor for the children to sit on. These were cleverly contained by a circle of comfortable chairs for the parents and guardians to relax into. Amazingly, once Master 2 had found ‘‘his’’ cushion he sat down and patiently waited for the librarian to start.
Once the 20 or so children were seated and waiting expectantly, the very friendly, grandmotherly librarian quickly hooked the chil- dren in with a fun face mask and song. She then proceeded to read four picture books with great expression, keeping the children’s interest in between each reading by singing a song. I was impressed with the way she involved the children, asking them questions and using their song suggestions to make them feel included throughout the half-hour session.
Once story time was over she led us all over to the children’s section where the tables were all set up ready for the kids to create masks with stars on to celebrate Matariki.
I was so relieved that Master 2 managed to sit through most of story time without too much fuss (other than the odd roll around on the cushions and making goofy faces at the babies). He thoroughly enjoyed himself, especially making his special mask to take home afterwards. We are both excited about our next visit.
Preschool Storytime is held Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.15am during term time. The library also has a Baby Time session at 10.15am on Thursdays during term time. Both sessions are free. Children’s Library Membership
The Porirua Library has a large children’s section filled with books and puzzles for the kids to take home. Parents do not need to be members of the library for their children to be able to borrow books. They just need to fill in the form and agree to guarantee that all fees/fines will be paid if books are returned late, damaged or misplaced.
You can fill in a membership form at the desk in the children’s section or on the Porirua Library website, library.pcc.govt.nz,
Kelly Eteveneaux is a local mum and co-owner of Baby Vintage in Plimmerton. If you have tips or ideas for Toddler in Tow, email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org