Mary Tyson set for new chapter

MARY TYSON has just a few weeks left to entertain youngsters at Lismore Library.

The dedicated Storytime and Baby Bounce host is set to follow her husband to Charters Towers in North Queensland when he takes the job as library manager.

“He starts on April 19, but I’m working here through to May 7,” Ms Tyson said.

“I’ve been here for six and a half years, and it’s just so much fun and I really love it.”

Ms Tyson said she had run Storytime for two sessions each week, and started Baby Bounce, a session incorporating rhythm, rhyme, singing and music to teach early literacy skills, four years ago.

“Richmond Tweed sent me on a course in Sydney, and I loved it. I used to be a nursing mothers’ counsellor, so babies are my passion,” she said.

“We have at least 23 babies in the one to two-year age group and 10 to 12 in the zero to one year age group, and I see them progress through to Storytime.”

When she’s not sitting in the red Storytime chair, Ms Tyson is being shown craft, or getting hugs from adoring mini-sized fans.

“Kids are really natural, and come up with the oddest things. And they always have to show you their craft,” she said, smiling.

“It’s like having your own fan club.”

And while Ms Tyson, of Skennars Head, will miss her young charges, their parents and her fellow staff, it seems they will miss her just as much.

“One of the mums cried when I told her I was leaving, and said ‘no one does it like you do’,” she said.

“I’ll miss the kids, I’ll miss the mums, and I’ll miss what I do, but now it’s on to new seasons and new adventures.”

Ms Tyson won’t com-pletely leave her profession behind, and will join her husband at the Charters Towers library in a similar position.

“When my husband went for the job, they actually said there was also a position earmarked for Storytime and children’s activities,” she said.

“They don’t have a lot of children’s stuff there, so I’d love to start Baby Bounce.

“It’s a bit like going back to square one, but this time I’ve already got the experience.”

In the meantime, Ms Tyson will be incorporating her big adventure into stories for the children she reads to.

“I’m going to do something about change. I make themes, like when we went away on holidays a few years ago, I made a book with photos called ‘Mary’s Holiday’,” she said.

“I tell people we’re going for a good time, not a long time.”

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