Kemptown Bookshop has launched free children’s storytelling sessions. Every Saturday at 10.30am, the bookshop, which has been part of the village community since it was founded in 1976, has a free children’s storytelling session for children up to the age of eight on their children’s floor. The storytellers read from some of the latest children’s books together with old classics. There’s often some arts and crafts as well. The sessions last about 45 minutes.
With some space to leave buggies, together with baby-changing facilities, the bookshop is the perfect place to take young children on a Saturday morning for a free activity. For post-storytelling refreshment, the upstairs Bookroom Café has free babyccinos.
Parents are welcome to stay with very young children or leave older children while they browse the shop. There’s no need to book, just drop in. The sessions are led by children and young adult bookseller Remony Hart who joined the bookshop in June from a children’s bookshop in Cirencester where she’d worked for seven years.
The introduction of storytelling is part of new owner Cathy Hayward’s desire to share the love of reading with those who might not have traditionally visited a bookshop. Since taking over in May this year, she has worked to develop the shop into a community hub with free events to engage new and established readers, celebrate local authors and support underrepresented writers.
‘I want the bookshop to be at the heart of the community, to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet and enjoy the written word. During the cost of living crisis, this is more important than ever before hence our focus on free events which everyone can enjoy,’ she said.
Kemptown Bookshop is at 91 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE – next to the Barley Mow pub. www.kemptownbookshop.co.uk/ 01273 682110.