School hol­i­day fun for Porirua Li­brary

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - BLAIR TEESDALE-MOORE

Par­ents need no longer fret about how to keep their chil­dren en­ter­tained these school hol­i­days, with Porirua pub­lic li­brary’s A Long Hot Sum­mer Story Fes­ti­val back for its sixth year.

Porirua Chil­dren’s Li­brar­ian Bee Trud­geon says that there is a huge amount of va­ri­ety and the event cov­ers all the ways you can tell sto­ries- from writ­ing, to mu­sic and pup­pet­s­there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The launch party is to be held on De­cem­ber 20 at 4pm with sto­ry­tellers PlayShop there for some im­pro­vised and in­ter­ac­tive fun.

Other high­lights will be the scav­enger hunts, com­pe­ti­tions, give­aways, and vis­its from au­thors such as Mark Som­mer­set (Baa, Baa, Smart Sheep, and I Love Le­mon­ade) and Juli­ette Jacka (the Frankie Potts mys­ter­ies), among many oth­ers.

The fes­ti­val runs for five weeks, end­ing on Jan­uary 20 with a disco for those who have at­tended four events at the li­brary and col­lected their cor­re­spond­ing stamps.

All events are free and de­signed for kids aged 3 to 12, but Trud­geon likes to think the adults will get some­thing out of it too.

‘‘Any­thing we put on for the chil­dren we would en­joy our­selves as adults, par­tic­u­larly events like the writ­ing work­shops.’’

She says she is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to au­thor Mark Som­mer­set who is vis­it­ing from Wai­heke Is­land, and who will also make a visit to the Can­nons Creek branch.

An­other favourite is mu­si­cian Kylie Welch, who will hold a col­lec­tive song­writ­ing event.

‘‘[Kylie’s] ses­sion will be typ­i­cal of the sort of highly in­ter­ac­tive work­shops the fes­ti­val has be­come known for.’’

Over a thou­sand peo­ple came through the fes­ti­val last year and or­gan­is­ers ex­pect even more this time around.

‘‘We’re re­ally proud of it- the event gets big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year and it’s com­pletely unique to Porirua,’’ Trud­geon said.

A full timetable of events can be found on the Porirua Li­brary web­site.

PHOTO: PORIRUA CITY COUN­CIL

Porirua li­brar­ian Bee Trud­geon en­ter­tains the crowd.

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