In fact, I have a calendar stuck to the fridge AND one on my table as well as having the diary with reminders in my phone! I double and triple check all bookings that have been made, the week before they're due to happen. Then, each day, I cross out the events that have actually happened.
July and August 2019 have been as busy as ever.
I’ve been storytelling, entertaining toddlers and facilitating book-themed workshops in schools, libraries and festivals in Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny.
There was storytelling in various libraries to celebrate the start of the Summer Stars reading challenge, for the libraries in Dublin, Kildare and Tipperary.
There were Sarah Sparkles Toddler Time events in various libraries too.
We had Peter Rabbit stories, bunny themed songs and rhymes and a Peter Rabbit challenge, which took some teamwork. And we made some cute Peter Rabbit themed cards:
We looked at David Walliams' brand new book "The World's Worst Teachers" and used our imaginations to create our very own worst teachers as pencil toppers to take to school in September.
I met so many fans that were so knowledgeable about the great author, who I am loving more, with each book he presents to the world. Here is Mr. Too-Greedy and Foolish Frederick (who wears swimming shorts to school, odd socks and an upside-down hat!)
And in Celbridge and Athy, other kids learned how to become storytellers.
At the final workshop, a girl who had attended every single one of the workshops, presented me with this handmade card:
Please use your local library as much as you can. No longer are they silent, stuffy places to be, but are a hub of activity and creation for people of all ages. And, since they've ended late fines on returned books, it has opened up again to many people who were afraid to go back!
Now that summer has ended, the Halloween and even Christmas bookings are starting to come in and I'm preparing my costumes and rehearsing my routines for all of those celebrations!