Buzzing! Reading Café

Compare and contrast! This was Rowntree Park in York a week last Tuesday (25 September), just as it was being closed because the River Ouse had burst its banks and flooding was imminent:

Rowntree Park, viewed from the Reading Café, 25 September 2012

Rowntree Park, viewed from the Reading Café, 25 September 2012

And this was the same view yesterday (6 October):

Rowntree Park, viewed from the Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Rowntree Park, viewed from the Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Here again, the park on 25 September:

Rowntree Park play equipment, viewed from the Reading Café, 25 September 2012

Rowntree Park play equipment, viewed from the Reading Café, 25 September 2012

Versus the same view yesterday:

Rowntree Park play equipment, viewed from the Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Rowntree Park play equipment, viewed from the Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Though the Ouse has gone down now, the water seems to be staying firmly put in Rowntree Park.

‘The ducks are happy!’ said a young boy looking down on the remarkable view yesterday, as I was, from the balcony of the Rowntree Park Reading Café. Being high up, and having its own park entrance, the café is still open. Which is just as well, as that meant my Buzzing! event there could go ahead.

This was the first children’s event to be held in the wonderful Reading Café, and it was organised by City of York Library Services. I put on a Buzzing! show, and this was followed by a Buzzing! book signing and some wonderful minibeast craft activities, courtesy of Park Ranger Rachel Bell.

Judging by the smiles on people’s faces, the number of Buzzing! books they bought and the fabulous crafts they made, I’d say this first event seems to have been a success. Take a look for yourself:

A minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event in Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

A minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event in Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

Tansy beetle key ring, made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

Tansy beetle key ring, made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

I’d like to thank Danielle and her staff at the café for working around us on a busy Saturday, Frances Postlethwaite of the Library Service for inviting me to put on the event and for joining in with my show, as did Rachel Bell, whose craft activities were such a hit.

'Rainbow' dragonfly made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

‘Rainbow’ dragonfly made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

I’d also like to thank Stephen Lewis of The Press for the fabulous article he wrote for last Saturday’s edition, which several audience members told me was what had brought them to the Reading Café event.

Bumblebee made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

Bumblebee made by a minibeast crafter at our Buzzing! event, Rowntree Park, 6 October 2012

What I enjoyed most about the afternoon was seeing grandparents, parents and children all enjoying themselves together. Very rewarding.

Multi-generational Buzzing! book buyers, Rowntree Park Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Multi-generational Buzzing! book buyers, Rowntree Park Reading Café, 6 October 2012

Oh, and I was particularly chuffed when one father told me that he and his family had come along to my Buzzing! show at York Theatre Royal last year, and that when his daughter had seen the recent Press article about this event, she had insisted they come along to see me again. Gosh! What a compliment!

My next City of York Library Buzzing! event is on 1st November at 10.30am at Haxby Library. Tickets are free, and you can book yours on 01904 552660, or Haxby.library@york.gov.uk See you there!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life

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