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The Caterpillar's Corner at the Vincent Library

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by Marina & Elizaveta (subscribe)
My 7yo co-author and I are freelance writers living in astounding Western Australia. We love where we live, we explore it, we embrace it, and we write about it.
Published June 30th 2016
Free kids workshops at the Loftus Library

Most public libraries have special, dedicated areas for the youngest of its visitors. A special mention, however, is required to be made about one of our local public libraries, the City of Vincent Library & Local History Centre on Loftus Street. In addition to its main sector, populated with the wealth of various literature and periodicals suitable for all shades of tastes, a good quarter of the facility is dedicated to the bookworms in the making – from bubs and tots to a more advanced school-aged readers and explorers. This space is known as the "Caterpillar's Corner".

Right in the middle of it, there is a fair number of the little tables with the chairs for the kids to read at or do some crafty activities with their parents or friends. Next to the tabled section, there is a large floor area often used by the mega blocks engineers, surrounded by a few beanbags, highly popular among the mums and dads with the newborn bubs. The centre area is surrounded by the bookshelves where, in addition to the books, of course, one can find a movie to take home or even a shelf with the good quality wooden puzzles, analogous to jigsaw, and suitable to the kids of various ages starting from as young as 9 months old.

One of our favourite shelves is the "Audio book" section, which provides an amazing opportunity to increase your kids literacy and general appreciation of the classics by simply playing a chapter or two whilst driving your offspring to and from their school or to their numerous extracurricular activities and sports. You will be surprised how effective this method really is, and how quickly the kids begin to quote and recycle certain golden phrases from the old (or new) classics that they found funny or particularly interesting. Rest assured that this type of passive learning is sure to yield some amazing results and, at the very least, will provide you with a guaranteed quiet driving time.

Three other things regarding the Caterpillar Corner are absolutely necessary to mention.

Firstly, the library staff runs regular (weekly) "Story Time" sessions, which are designed for the kids aged 2 to 5, and are absolutely free for all attendees. You don't need to book in advance, you don't need to be a member of the library. All you need to do is come along on either Monday or Thursday at 10:45AM and enjoy. There are generally 2 to 3 books read by one of the friendly library ladies, following which the kids are invited to partake in the craft activity which is generally designed to match one of the characters of the book that has just been read out loud. The whole thing lasts for just over an hour, but you are free to leave anytime you like, if you need to go earlier. Kids love this! They make masks, paper puppets, origami characters and the like. Brilliant idea and a great free entertainment!

Secondly, there are also free "Rhyme Time" sessions for the younger learners, generally from 0 to 24 months. Those sessions also run weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:00 to 10:45AM. A sheet with the proposed rhymes and songs is handed out before each session to each attending grown up, so that all adults could participate and help their kids extend their learning through this wonderful media as well. Babies adore looking at their parents and listening to their voices. Observing this idyll is simply heart melting, to say the least.

Finally, the library staff (including occasional special guests) facilitate absolutely free children's workshops, usually run during the school holidays. These workshops are designed mainly for the older kids, starting from 7 years of age and up. Whilst these sessions are free, you will need to book a place for your child in advance as session spots fill up pretty quickly. Last time we have attended a "dangling mobile" making session, which was in all - fantastic. This winter holidays, the library runs 2 new workshops. One will be attended by the guest actor in his Pirate attire, with a story to share and some special pirate secrets... The second session is dedicated to the sub-sea theme which, we anticipate, will involve making some special arts and crafts masterpieces related to the underwater world. These types of activities are also always cherished by the young artists.

In sum - Enjoy! Create! Learn! This what the "Caterpillar's Conner" is all about.

See you all there!

My co-author, Elizaveta (7yo), also wanted to share her experiences:

"I think the library is a very nice place because it has a lot of interesting books for children and grown-ups. I also like it because of the holiday workshops where you can make lots of stuff like mobiles. We take CDs and listen to them in the car. My favourites were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and also Paddington. They are very funny. After I wanted to watch a movie about Charlie and Willy Wonka. There are 2 different ones. I like them both."

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Phone: (08) 92736090
Where: Vincent Library, 99 Loftus Street, Leederville, Western Australia, 6007
Cost: Free
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