Regular library Rhyme Times have been asked to re-brand by the Booktrust for the National Bookstart Week which took place during week commencing 03-Jun-19. The message they were asked to get across was to encourage parents and carers to read and share books with their children at bedtime. They were provided with a large format book and other resources for the bedtime “Pyjamarama” theme.
At Adderbury library, the “Pyjamarama” Rhyme Times were spread over two sessions and a total of 23 children and 23 adults attended.
Chris Peacock, one of the Rhyme Time organisers, said “the parents loved the book and read along with the story telling. The book is sung to the tune of “Baa Baa Black Sheep” so, as well as the parents joining in, they read along with the book at the end with the children watching as I mouthed how to sing the words on the pages to the tune. The children looked at vehicles afterwards and found the pictures in the book. All rhymes on the sheet were acted out and how to sing the words of the book as well as read them. Only two children were dressed in pyjamas but the weather was against us! One child was wearing a moon and stars headband.
“We did lots of counting of vehicles etc and lots of “what can you see?” on certain pages. Linking to vehicles, we found a train in the book and sang “See the little engines standing in a row’ and ‘The Runaway Train’. Finding a bus on the page, we sang ‘The wheels on the bus ….’ We used scarves to reinforce sleeping and linked to the suggested song ‘See the little bunnies’.”
We have several vacancies on Focal.
- Rhyme Time volunteers We hold a Rhyme Time in Church House during term times every Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. This is aimed at children from birth to 4 years old. We sing and act out nursery rhymes so mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their children can play and learn together in a stimulating environment with others of a similar age. We need one or two new volunteers to join the team to support this activity. If you think you could give an hour for this on some Thursday mornings, please contact Chrissie Garrett on 01295 810412 or e-mail her.
- Secretary We need someone willing to become a trustee of Focal and to act as Secretary, sending out the agendas, working with the Chairman and taking the minutes. This is not a huge job but it would need modest computer skills and the ability to come to our monthly meetings on the middle Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. If you are interested, please contact our Chairman, Keith Mitchell on 01295 811257 or by e-mail.
- Treasurer Our current Treasurer, Anne Dawson, has done the job really well for three years but would like to stand down at our September AGM. We need someone able to computerise out financial records and to link them with our membership records who would become a trustee and act as Treasurer. Again, this is not a huge job but it would need modest computer skills and the ability to come to our monthly meetings on the middle Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. If you are interested, please contact our Chairman, Keith Mitchell on 01295 811257 or by e-mail.