Norwegian educator performs special session of storytelling

Norwegian educator Gro Strand Griffin (right) in action during Thursday’s storytelling session at Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

PHILIPSBURG–One day after Philipsburg Jubilee Library reported that the Library was closed Wednesday due to weather conditions, on Thursday, fifteen children from No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation ASA, and ten visiting children between the ages of four- and ten years old were treated with a special storytelling session.

On Wednesday, Library Director Monique Alberts reported on Facebook that the Library was closed that day due to “heavy rains,” which created “an actual indoor waterfall in the Library.

One day later, Norway-born educator Gro Strand Griffin kept her promise of four years back to entertain the children of St. Maarten with a very personal story, supported by music and dance.

She told the story of her husband – the son of a shoemaker – who lived as a child in Front Street. Assisted by two members of the Library’s staff, two afternoon-school staffers and a board member, she brought some joy, entertainment and genuine history to the children.

Strand Griffin’s journey from Oslo to Philipsburg’s Front Street was magical, said the board member. “I will be back,” said Gro (pronounced “Gru”), who left Friday back to Norway.

“This is what it is about, children interacting and having a wonderful experience beyond borders,” the Library board member said.

She added that the Library is hoping to continue these events in a new, temporary building with the help of Government soon. “Don’t forget, in 40 days the new hurricane season starts,” the board member stated.

Source: The Daily Herald