RESIDENTS expressed concern on social media about a ‘Numerology and Your Baby’ event being offered at the Kwinana Public Library, with some calling for the event to be cancelled.
City of Kwinana promoted the March 27 event on its Facebook page, asking “Do you want to know what the future holds for your baby?”, and saying by joining the event “you can use your baby’s birth date to discover what might be in their future and reveal more about them through the power of numbers”.
The City of Kwinana told the Weekend Courier the library had allocated $200 to host author Jeanne Prosser, who will provide the workshop for free as part of a broader program of events.
But when the event was promoted on Facebook last Thursday it attracted a mix of responses, some condemning the city for using ratepayers money for pseudoscience while others said it was a bit of fun or insightful.
One woman called on the City of Kwinana to spend ratepayers’ money on something more valid and less wasteful.
“It’s utter garbage, not to mince words! Why not have a workshop on effective parenting or internet safety for kids? Please cancle (sic) this event,” she said.
Another woman said: “I think this lovely and no harm intended, just a little bit of fun.”
Jeanne Prosser, who has published a book on the topic, was hosted by Joondalup Public Library last month with a well-attended workshop.
She said the Mums and Bubs Numerology workshop was designed to help parents understand the complexities of these new generations of children as well as their unique potential as seen through the lens of numerology.
A spokeswoman said the City of Kwinana would take on board the response from the workshop, both from its detractors and its attendees, and will review community interest for future planning purposes but at this time would not be cancelling the session.
“Further, we believe that good quality library services allow the individual the opportunity to encounter freedom of expression, uninhibited access to information and exposure to a range of opportunities and experiences,” she said.