The Reading Café is a City of York libraries initiative, and it only opened in July. It claims to be the first such initiative in the country – and what a great idea it is! As you can see from the photo above, it’s beautifully decked out and teeming with books for all ages. You can either read the books whilst you’re sipping your coffee and nibbling your cake, or borrow them to take home (using the self-service check-out machine in one corner).
The food is made on the premises and very delish, the staff are very friendly and helpful, there’s free wi-fi, and the view out over the park from the terrace is gorgeous.
The first day I was there, a couple of weeks ago, it was beautiful weather and the café was full of people of all ages (and lots of prams!) I was there again this week, being interviewed by The Press for an article they are writing about my Buzzing! book. This time the weather wasn’t so good. In fact, the park had to be closed whilst I was there because of rising flood waters. (You may have heard there’s been a bit of flooding here over the past few days …)
The flooding may take some time to subside, but the café will be remaining open (accessible from the Richardson Street park entrance) as it’s on high ground, way above the rest of the park.
And this is good news, as I’m scheduled to be putting on a Buzzing! event in the Reading Café (with Park Ranger Rachel Bell) very soon – next Saturday 6 October, in fact. So, whatever the weather that day, the Reading Café should be buzzing – with poems, projected images, music, Buzzing! book signings and minibeast craft activities.
You can find out more about the Buzzing! event here. It’s for 7-12-year-olds (accompanied by an adult/s). Tickets are free, but please book in advance, either in person at the Reading Café or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you at the café on 6 October. And meanwhile you can check out my Buzzing! book there over a nice hot cup of tea, or a steaming bowl of soup, or whatever else takes your fancy on their menu …
Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz