Books the stars at RP library’s kid section
Laurie Cameron and crew have lots of ideas in store at this popular gathering spot for kids and parents
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By Jud Snyder  January 3, 2014 12:00 am

It’s been mentioned before: The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Public Library is the busiest place in town, and it keeps getting busier according to attendance figures.

One of the reasons is the children’s section, which is really a misnomer for they get a lot of adults here, too, mostly parents. You might be surprised at the number of children who flock here to browse for themselves. If they have questions, they ask Laurie Cameron, children’s librarian.

 

Kids hooked on books

“Kids really get hooked on books. They hear about their favorite authors and ask me if I have the latest book they wrote,” said Cameron.

“For example, there’s the series of ‘Elephant and Piggie,’ books. They’re very popular. One day last year we had an actor drop in and do his version of a latest story in the series. It really drew a crowd of kids and parents eager to see the book acted out in front of them.

“If we don’t have it we make sure we get copies, for there’ll be others who want it.”

Cameron called attention to the “North Pole Review,” a marionette show to be staged at 11 a.m. today, Friday Jan. 3, in the library.

 

New programs on horizon

Coming up Saturday, Jan. 25, will be the Red Panda Acrobats at 11 a.m. in the children’s library.

“Last year, we began new programs like The Lego Club, Pajama Movie Nights, Drop-In Crafts with Dr. Seuss hats, turkey feather projects and decorating with autumn leaves, Poem in Your Pocket Day, Bilingual Musical Storytime programs and the Bubble Guy,” she added. “Then, of course, we continue with Pam Brown’s Saturday Storytimes, and teen programs every other month with make-up workshops, jewelry making, more crafts and our haunted house workshop.

 

Redesigning teen area

“Right now we’re redesigning our teen area to make it larger, along with shifting the computer and reference sections. It’s going to be a busy year.”

Cameron’s got additional help this year with the addition of Sandra Breedlove, another experienced children’s librarian who’s working full time with her. As the schedule of activities increases, along with the library attendance figures every month, the children’s section can easily use extra professional help. It’s a diverse constituency, from infants in parental arms to early teens ready for the young adult section.

Cameron herself has been on the RP Library staff for 17 years. Born and raised in Sacramento, she got her BA in library science at Sacramento State University and then her Master’s degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

She’s been married to Martin Cameron, a computer graphics specialist, for 21 years and they live in Petaluma. They have a 19-year old son, Nicholas, who is now a student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

“Working with kids every day is a real challenge. They can often come up with the most unusual questions and they expect me to have all the answers. I do my best and so does Sandra.”

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