En­ter­tain­ing tots at li­brary

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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 team­tav@xtra.co.nz

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