The sensational seventh year of Porirua Library’s A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival saw 1,455 participants take part in a huge variety of events which introduced them to performers from all over New Zealand, free of charge. Along the way, they raised their reading temperatures and rocked our libraries. Thankfully, no alarms went off. It's all over now, but our memories, and a tonne of photos remain.
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Kath Bee and 80+ fans raised the library temperature with fab tunes and plenty of opportunities to showcase our dance moves at the opening night launch party.
Children's Assistant Sally Warburton, Kath Bee, Children's Librarian Bee Trudgeon, Cannons Creek Branch Librarian Gina Miller
Dancing girls in the opening night crowd
Star performer, Kath Bee
The teddy bears had their picnic at a beary nice story and craft time for kids - and kids at heart! - and their soft pals of all species. There were lots marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play... and plenty of photo ops too!
Portraits with the Big Ted were popular
Morning tea time for unicorns and crocodiles alike
PlayShop's Harriet Hughes and Sam Irwin took the audience's leads to tell twisted fairy tales that had us wishing the floor was softer as we rolled around laughing on it.
Sam Irwin and Harriet Hughes spin a whopper
Lots of laughs
Enthralled by the ingenuity
Enchantment for all ages
The Zine-Alongs Porirua, Whitby, and Cannons Creek Libraries kept young authors and artists busy creating beautiful mini-mags to share with their fans for hours.
Making zines at Cannons Creek Library
Making zines at Porirua Library
The Rainbow Unicorn Book Club convened at the Whitby Library Zine-Along
The audience was both photogenic and literary at our very own Super Sally's Dress-Up Story Time on Monday.
A lot of laughs
A student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Storyteller Nick Duval-Smith enchanted with tales and poetry by Roald Dahl.
Nick Duval-Smith reads The Witches
Shane McAllister's The Ukulele Institute lit a fire in the rock and roll hearts of 160 fans on Wednesday.
One minute you were a kid with your Mum in the audience
The next minute you were Elvis or Elvira, howling on the stage
Meanwhile, at Cannons Creek Library, people were overcoming their inhibitions regarding damaging old books at When Books Get the Chop-Along! Typical of the location, crafty goodness ensued. Don't forget, there will be another episode of When Books Get the Chop-Along at Cannons Creek Library on Monday, January 15, 1.30-3PM.
Making old books into fab new creations
Tim Tipene held his audience spellbound as he described the many "miracles" that helped him overcome an abusive childhood, to become the author of 10 books, and founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids programme.
Tim Tipene marvels over seeing his
own name on the cover of one of his books.
Baz Macdonald had us in stitches with his insanely funny renditions of two of the Andy Griffiths Just tales on Friday. Again, that softer floor was definitely needed - both for Baz to perform his acrobatics on, and for the audience to roll around laughing on.
Baz Macdonald finds the Jaffa that's been eluding him for a whole story
Porirua City's Zero Waste division sponsored trash maestro Levity Beet's tour to Porirua, Cannons Creek and Whitby Libraries. It seems there is no object Levity can't get a tune out of, and nobody he can't get moving to the beats he generates with his wildly original tunes.
Is it a chair, a harp, or a flute? In Levity's hands, it's all those things
The crowd goes wild for Levity Beet
Science fiction performance artist La Quisha St Redfern dropped in from Space Station 1 to spread some rainbow love.
LaQuisha St Redfern reads Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
LaQuisha St Redfern meets a fan
And then it was the finale night - awwwwww! - with Stu Duval in the house - yaaaaay! He almost brought the house down too. It was brilliant way to end a smashing A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival.
Stu Duval with a spontaneous drawing of "Dad"
Let's do it all again next summer school holidays!
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