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Bedroom funk, Old MacDonald and Dragons

Friday 16 March 2012, 9:23AM
By Hastings District Council
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HASTINGS

Library staff are again preparing to engage our children in learning and literacy during the school holidays using their own special magic, storytelling.

The school holidays storytime and activities sessions include making 'funky stuff' for your room out of recycled materials. Other sessions will feature dragons, song, dance, and a drama about the importance of respect.

Kerry Campion, children's library assistant at the Hastings Library, says the interactive sessions use reading and entertainment to spark children's imagination, develop young minds and hopefully, start a lifelong love of libraries. Above all, it's about having fun.

"It is a kind of magic when you see the light in a child's eyes as they explore and discover at the library," says Kerry.

"The library is a magical place for children. It's a special world of exploration, with books that open up a whole world of knowledge, books that stimulate their imagination as well as the seemingly magical wonders of modern technology such as internet access, electronic resources and self-check machines."

"We get a real kick out of seeing the younger children teach their grandparents how to issue books on the self-issue machine."

The three Hastings District Libraries hold free sessions during the holidays. Dates and times can be seen on the events calendar at www.hastingslibrary.co.nz