It remains such a joy sitting with children who probably had not even held a children’s picture book a year ago, but who are now sitting and reading with such obvious pleasure. Last Saturday, after the rains had stopped, one little boy of about nine years sat laughing aloud at a story he was reading while his little brother, a pre-schooler sat and ‘read’ the pictures in other books to me. One of our favourite little boys, Jose about five years old, was, a year ago, a bundle of energy who couldn’t sit still to listen for more than a minute or two, then he be up, running, rolling and climbing. Back he would come, lean on Cony and listen for a couple of more minutes. A few weeks ago we watched as he sat and leaned on Cony and listened to the story she was reading to the group for more than twenty minutes. He then got up with all the energy he used to have. What a joy for all of us to see his long attention span and interest in the printed word!
A year and a half ago we often had Saturday mornings when not one child came to the bandstand to be read to or to read. We were ready to give up the programme - but obviously didn’t. Always there are children waiting for us: they tie our up library sign, put the books in the basket and surround the basket with the ten cushions we bring. They are so eager to be read to and to read themselves. Now we are often asked for favourite books to be returned the following week. What a wonderful development!