Sunday, 21 April 2019

Children enjoy ‘teddy bear sleepover’ at village library

Children enjoy ‘teddy bear sleepover’ at village library

FIFTEEN children took part in a “teddy bear sleepover” at Goring library.

The youngsters brought their favourite cuddly toys including teddies, huskies, sheep, monkeys, dinosaurs and crocodiles to the event on Friday evening.

Volunteers from the Friends of Goring Library group read poems and stories themed around cuddly toys for an hour.

The stories included one from the Kipper the Dog series in which the main character lost his teddy bear. The children then tucked their companions into a giant bed made specially by the group before going home.

When they returned to the library in Station Road the next day they were presented with photographs of the adventures the toys had during their absence. 

Some were pictured climbing up the shelves to pick out books while others were shown sitting in rocking chairs while reading.

The event aimed to teach children about the benefits of reading, particularly as a way of winding down before bedtime.

Friends group member Jacky Underwood, who helped to read stories, said: “It was a lovely night and the children really enjoyed it.

“They all wanted to know whether their toys had behaved themselves while they were gone and one boy’s jaw absolutely dropped when he saw his toy climbing the shelves. It was very sweet.”

Library manager Kate Cheng said: “There was a real variety of animals from teddy bears to things like crocodiles. It was a great way to inspire the children to read for pleasure and to use the library in support of that.”

The library will be hosting craft activities every day next week to celebrate World Book Day, which is on Thursday. Participants will make bunting and bookmarks themed around their favourite stories and there will be a storytelling session for pre-school children and their parents at 2.30pm on Friday.

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