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Kylie Welch brings the Happiness
As we enter the last week of A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival, we begin looking back at stacks of magical memories created at the storytimes and workshops held so far. A highlight among a whole festival of amazing performances was Kylie Welch’s songwriting workshop on January 6. We had a wonderful time creating a real “ear worm” of a song in just an hour. It was certainly catchy enough to lodge itself firmly in my psyche, and with such a positive message, it was more than welcome there! Here are the song lyrics [with chords inserted]…
[D] When I wake up in the morning and my [A] feet touch the ground
[A] When I walk out the door and there’s [D] sunshine all around
I [G] feel so cool I can [D] hardly stand still
So I [A] smile and I walk towards the [D] woods
[D] When I walk through the woods I see [A] bees flying round
[A] When I listen to the trees I hear a [D] wonderful sound
All the[G] animals I meet are [D] roaming round my feet
So I [A] smile and keep walking through the woods
[G] I’m in a world of lollipops and it’s also [D] filled with gumdrops
I [A] can’t believe it’s happening to me [D]
Here is a link to the video to give you an idea how it should sound. The verse tune is very similar to ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’, so try singing it to that. And here is a picture of Daniel Lovewell and his Mum Robyn, playing their part in Kylie's merry band.
We look forward to catching you at the final events this week. Moira Wairama’s performance of The Puppet Box, in the Performing Arts Studio on Tuesday (January 17) at 2PM, will be particularly good for pre-schoolers. Mark Sommerset, in the Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday (January 18) at 2.30PM and at Cannons Creek Library on Thursday (January 19) at 10.30AM, will be hilarious and high-spirited fun for all ages. He’s come all the way from Waiheke Island to join us for the festival, and I know he will leave having won the hearts of many Porirua readers. You can learn more about his magical life creating Dreamboat Books here. Both Mark and Moira will be selling and signing books at their performances, so bring pocket money, because you're sure to fall in love with what they have to offer.
Then, of course, we have the disco you’ve been earning all festival long on Friday (January 20) at 2PM. We have a great team helping us turn the studio into a hyper-lit, beachside wonderland. There will be glow-sticks for all, and DJ Gina will be playing the most popular requested tunes to light up the dancefloor. It’s going to be a blazing way to bid the festival farewell, with spot prizes for all. We look forward to dancing with you.
Don’t forget to get your competitions in before 5.30PM on Friday too. There are still plenty of prizes to be claimed, so why not make working on them a feature of one of your quiet times at home this week? Visit Porirua Library's Junior Journal for all the details, because we absolutely love to give stuff away to you.
Eight-year-old Evie enjoying local author Linda Hansen's tutoring
It's been a busy first day back at Porirua Library, with A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival in full swing. We started the day with one of the many Story Fun sessions on the timetable, and a bunch of the freshest books in the library. Story Fun sessions are a regular feature of the festival for the coming two weeks, so be sure to start your day with some picture book goodness at 10.30AM on January 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Titahi Bay author Linda ("LP") Hansen ran our first writing workshop of the year today, getting up close and personal with some very lucky young writers. The writers worked hard with their tutor, and earned a book from our sponsors Gecko Press for their efforts. Spot prizes are a big feature of the festival this year, so be sure to attend events, because you never know what you might end up walking out with.
The Scavenger Hunt has kept the children's area humming, as kids hunt high and low for picture book covers, to enter a mystery prize draw. It's a great way to spend 30 minutes or so, if you're at a loose end and like entering competitions. And don't forget, there is a huge swag of prizes for readers of all ages on the Junior Journal. This is a great way to get involved with the festival when you can't make it into the library, or the library isn't open. You could even win one of the Frankie Potts mysteries, by tomorrow's guest workshop presenter Juliet Jacka.
Juliet's workshop is sure to inspire you to get your pen moving, which will come in handy with many of the competitions. Come along and meet her in the Helen Smith Room at 2PM on January 5, and learn how she managed to create a fiction series from just five random words. Juliet will be selling and signing the Frankie Potts mysteries for $12 a copy (cash sales only). Author visits are just one more way A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival brings the books to life for Porirua readers.
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