Cameron devours library
With a surname like Dickens, it’s little wonder a Titahi Bay mum and son are Porirua’s most avid bookworms.
Cameron, 3, was Porirua Library’s top borrower in the last year, checking out a staggering 2275 books. Mum Amanda was a close second with 1961 issues – although a lot of those were books for Cam, she says.
Amanda knew the family were heavy library users, but was surprised to learn they topped the list.
‘‘It’s a bit embarrassing. All my friends think we’re big nerds,’’ she says.
Love for libraries is strong in the Dickens family. Cam got his library card at six weeks old and mum reads him six to 10 books a day. Cam rarely watches TV, and only the odd DVD, she says.
Books are rarely read more than once – Cam is almost running out of reading material at Porirua library, but luckily the ‘Smart’ network allows the family to borrow from libraries in Kapiti, Wellington, Lower Hutt and Masterton, Amanda says. ‘‘We’ll move our way round.’’
Cam takes advantage of the library’s holiday programmes and is a big fan of children’s librarian Bee Trudgeon. ‘‘ She’s a powerhouse of energy,’’ Amanda says.
Amanda reckons Porirua library is the best in the region.
‘‘I lived in Wellington and the library there is good, but overall I’d say the Porirua library, particularly with the Smart system, is better.’’
Cam’s favourite books are Little Genius Bones by Kate Lennard and Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. His favourite subjects are the human body, dragons and cars. He wants to be a policeman when he grows up.
Amanda gets through a couple of novels a week and digests dozens of non-fiction books on top of that, mostly guides to cooking, gardening and keeping chickens.
Saving money is a huge bonus to using libraries, Amanda says.
‘‘Children’s books are so expensive. If we didn’t have the library we’d never read as many books.’’
Page turner: Titahi Bay three-year-old Cameron Dickens is Porirua’s top library user, closely followed by mum Amanda.