Books, books and more books.

Lately, I have had my antiques and railwayana hats on. Now I need to concentrate on art for a short while as we have an exhibition coming up.This morning I looked at the calendar and realised it’s not much more than 6 weeks until we set up the Book Lounge at Glastonbury.

So, do we have enough books?

Despite the huge piles cluttering every space in the building, the answer is – not yet.

We have boxes of modern  American comics Рthey are too adult for the Book Lounge.

We have ‘collectable’ vintage children’s books – they are too vulnerable for an outside event – and too pricey.

We have lovely large-format children’s hardbacks – they are too heavy to transport (except for a few extra-specials).

We have many, many boxes of books for grown-ups – they are too boring for children – or unsuitable in myriad different ways.

So, over the next week or two, I will be sorting through the pile of boxes set aside for this year’s Book Lounge and planning where I might find the extras needed to make up the numbers and quality of books we need.

Children are such discerning readers, it is not easy – but it is fun.

Book Lounge Bach

It’s been a long time since I posted here!

No Glastonbury in 2012 combined with a shoulder injury to put the Book Lounge out of my thoughts.

But we were back in Green Kids this year and it was as if we had never been away.

All the usual happy things happened. Children were avidly looking for books on our shelves and relaxing in our “quiet” space (there were some pretty loud beats from behind our field but somehow it didn’t matter). Families came in and read together. Some had quiet snoozes. Some had picnics under the oak tree.

We had a lovely time! 

Back home in Newport, Pembrokeshire, our mayor ran a ‘Medieval Fayre’ up at Newport Castle. We offered ‘Book Lounge Bach’ (or mini- in English). We had never tried this before and I was not sure whether it would work without our full set-up – no gingerbread tent not full walls of books – just a lightly decorated gazebo, some rugs and cushions, one bookcase and a few boxes.

It was a beautiful summer’s day – a little too hot for some, which probably helped. I was thrilled when the first child threw herself down with her chosen book and did not want her Mum to drag her away!

We had a series of happy kids all day and I realised that the Book Lounge is more than a hidden corner of Glastonbury.