There was a range of creative and fun activities to be enjoyed including roving performers, mask making and cloth printing. As children waited with their numbered ticket for the popular face painting, they were attracted to the floor rug and appealing array of picture books. The Cairns and District Teacher-librarian Network again entertained with a two-hour stint of story reading.
Teddy bears, songs, a magic hat, audience participation and iPad versions were some of the ‘bag of tricks’ that showcased some great children’s picture books to the youngsters. Some children stayed for several stories whilst their parents were nearby checking their email or being entertained by the story reading as well. Some came back again after the family had perused other activities.
Involvement in the volunteer activity gave us a chance to promote reading as well as the role of teacher-librarians in schools. Our banner was displayed to help with this advocacy.
“Thanks for sharing the books again this year. It was wonderful to hear the dramatic reading and see the children entertained.” Owen, Cairns Festival liaison person.
“I really enjoyed your reading of those stories. The kids were very interested and loved it,” said a pleased mum.
Liz Jorgensen and Carey Leahy (TLs on leave Term 3, 2013)