Jean Genies

I was absolutely thrilled and delighted to travel up to Erina Fair Library (part of the Gosford City library network) yesterday to launch their National Year of Reading project … Jean Genies. This inititive of the wonderful children’s librarian Claire Stuckey has been running for a few years now with ‘designer’ jeans travelling to libraries all over NSW. And along with Susanne Gervay what did we do to launch the day? We RIPPED a pair of jeans. Oh my mother would have been soooooo annoyed if they were my own jeans!

I also dropped in to the Adventist School – just a short stoll away and spoke to the year 6 kids there …. Can you talk for an hour? I was asked … I went a little longer (of course)!

a bit about the programme:
Drawing inspiration from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, by Ann Brashares, this year the program sees nine pairs of jeans travelling between 40 rural, metropolitan and regional public libraries – Australia-wide. Participating libraries will be decorating the jeans, hosting programs and displays, before sending the jeans to the next library. In previous years New South Wales libraries have developed an exciting range of activities including craft workshops, film nights, intergenerational programs and outreach events. Libraries, including International Libraries have been encouraged to take photos of the jeans in iconic locations, inviting local schools or youth groups to be creative and artistic.

It was also a buzz jumping on air at Erina Fair. ABC local radio have a studio in the shopping centre (they were also showing the Jean Genies in the studio windows). I recorded a piece with Scott Levi, talking about literacy and parents as readers and reading and books – and Sounds Spooky of course – …. lotsafun! It was great to have that local media support.

with Scott and jeans in the studio

And here are ‘my’ jeans, the jeans designers and a collection of the travelling jeans! Awesome!

Hooray for Travelling Jeans!
More here at the library site.

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