Storyteller Ann Rennie kept children spellbound with
her tall tales at the Dunedin Botanic Garden information
centre yesterday morning.
The book reading sessions have become a popular weekly ritual
for the information centre.
As many as 28 children, and their parents, have attended on
some Tuesday mornings.
''It's just great to see people of all ages coming in and
enjoying the place,'' information centre officer Clare Fraser
Mrs Rennie has a background in drama and children's literacy
and the botanic garden was lucky to have her volunteer her
time, Mrs Fraser said.
The information centre itself is run by volunteers in a
partnership between garden staff and the community group,
Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
The reading sessions are part of a five-year plan by garden
staff to advance the information centre as a community hub.
''We want the centre to be a destination for people who enter
the garden,'' she said.
Ms Fraser said the centre had plans to hold more events later
in the year, including screening documentaries from Natural
History New Zealand.
- Liam Macandrew