On Saturday afternoon at 2.17pm sharp the Roxy Café was the place to be for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Give children a few recycled items an idea or two and the results speak for themselves. The decorations were made from recycled materials transforming the café in to a wonderland.
The mad hatter’s tea party was the conclusion to the Bingara Library’s winter reading program known as ‘Cozy up and Read’. The program, a concept conjured up by the very wonderful Librarian Gail, encouraged children up to the age of 12 years to read more actively. The children met regularly over the winter and attended the library to explore new books.
Sixty five of the children who cozed up for the winter attended the mad hatter’s tea party along with parents and special guests. After being drummed into the tea party, guests were joined by Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Cheshire Cat and White rabbit as well a few very distinguished guests.
Afternoon tea was full of surprises (mostly worms, rats and spiders) and plenty of sweet treats.
Over the cozy up and read program 71 children managed to read 177 Junior Fiction Books, 374 Picture Books and 18 Non-Fiction books in the time. Regular Bingara Library junior book club members were able to invite others to join Cozy up and read to encourage others to come and check out the great library. During this time an additional 41 people became new members of the library.
Thank you to all the helpers on the day.