-- Story by Bryce Alderton, photo by TKTK
Batty about books.
Each Tuesday night and Wednesday morning Susan Farrell reads books,
sings with the children and has them do crafts.
This past Wednesday morning Farrell, the children’s librarian at the
Laguna Beach Library on Glenneyre Street, sat cutting out paper legs, a
face and a tail of a cat. The children would then color and glue it to a
brown paper bag, which acted as the cat’s body.
Crayons sat in three bowls, glue sticks stood at the ready, just
waiting for those fingers to grab them.
The Anaheim Hills resident has been coordinating the story times since
September after she was hired in June of last year.
TOPICS TO CHOOSE FROM
She picks a different topic every week, selecting a book and choosing
an appropriate song and craft. Past topics have included bears, baking,
cows, bunnies to celebrate Easter, animals, snow and scarecrows.
The children, which she said range in age from 3 to 6, have made
leprechauns and sheep. She has read books by Rosemary Wells and Eric
Her goal: to get children excited about reading and encourage them to
go a library.
“I love books, I love children,” Farrell said. “It’s wonderful to see
them like to read. Reading is so important in your whole life."Farrell
also maintains the library’s collection of books, weeding out old, rarely
used books and ordering new ones from the county system.
THE MEETING PLACE
Sessions begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday and can range
from 35 minutes to 50 minutes.
“It depends on what attention span the kids will handle,” Farrell
Final story time sessions for this year will be held the week of June
17, at which time Farrell shifts gears toward the library’s summer
reading program, titled “Wrapped Up in Reading,” with an Egyptian theme.
The eight-week program will give children the opportunity to win books
for every five hours of reading. Children have the opportunity to earn
Performers such as magicians and jugglers take the place of the story
times during the summer, which can attract as many as 200 people to the
library, Farrell said.
Working at libraries is nothing new to Farrell. She worked at Palos
Verdes Public Library and a theology school before getting married and
having three children, when she took time off from the libraries.
Before coming to Laguna Beach Library, Farrell worked at the reference
desk at Placentia Public Library.
“For a year I got my feet wet back in the library system,” Farrell
said. “And then this is where I decided to come. One of my favorite
things is reading to the kids. When they get involved it is a great