11
Jun
09

Storytime!

Hello Pamela! Glad you’ve come for a visit.

Yes, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything, however, this morning I feel inspired. I uploaded 3 short videos of my storytime in Treasure Beach, Jamaica that I held on Jamaica’s Labour Day, which this year fell on the same Monday as Memorial Day here.

At any rate, I arrived with Chris and Maati to set up an hour before showtime. Benches, chairs, display books, post words for songs on bulletin board, as well as inspirational posters, drink some coconut water. It was another beautiful afternoon, sunshine and a constant breeze blowing through the bright, high-ceilinged room. A National holiday and a beautiful beach day – who would come to storytime?

Twenty-three people (about half adults and one 4-month old) turned up to listen to me read stories, and joined me in singing songs, making rhymes, and in general getting what I call down-silly. I read ten books, sang a dozen songs and nursery rhymes. Ninety minutes later (where did the time go?) we were clapping ourselves — a roomful of smiles. Everyone went home with a book, and a storytime glow. I listened to one pair, (a teenage aunt with her 3-year-old niece) as they walked through the gate, grownup and child helping each other remember the words, “Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, quack, quack, quack…” they sang together. I couldn’t tell who had more fun — the children or the grownups.

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“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” —Barry Lopez
“‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever.” Phillip Pullman

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