Kids take over the library

By Rhonda Dredge

Stories are written from the ground up and the librarians at the State Library of Victoria were giving kids the right materials for their imagination over the school holidays.

Gone were the instructions and the enforced listening of the typical story-time session.

Kids were in charge for a change and not everyone was engaging in anarchy.

Matilda Holmes of Richmond was building characters in the Exquisite Story room then creating relationships between them.

“A girl came, an alien came and someone said ‘run’,” she said.

Kids also got to draw evil pigeons in a mystery session by Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, onto their seventh graphic novel in the Real Pigeons series.

This was the first time since 2019 that the pair was running a session for kids. 

Outside the library the mood was joyous as bunches of kids swooped on pigeons and a giant snail slithered out from a corner to feel its way around the quadrangle.

Ron McCleod was down from Canberra and sitting outside the library minding his own business when the snail crept up on him and tried to eat him.

“It’s good fun,” he said. “I’m still a member of the library.”

This is the first time kids have taken over the library and it won’t be the last, a librarian said.

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