Cameron de­vours li­brary

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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