Monday, 17 June 2013

Stories From Around the World

Compton Road Library held a unique celebration today for Refugee Week by incorporating storytelling and rhymes from around the world and activities for children.

The session started off with Lorraine Lee the Children’s Development Librarian reading from the book Fatou Fetch the Water written by Neil Griffiths. The story was made to be interactive by having a Fatuo doll and asking the kids to pick the fruit off the storyboard and putting them in his basket, which not only the kids enjoyed doing but also the parents!

The children also got to sing classic nursery rhymes ‘If you’re happy and you know it…’ and ‘Eensie Weensie Spider’ using different musical instruments. The session was also educational with the children colouring in different exotic fruits and being asked to draw what they would they put in an empty suitcase if they were moving or going on holiday. The session ended with the children running around with big smiles on their faces, bursting the bubbles from the bubble blower machine.

The library holds a free story time session at 10.30am every Friday for children under the age of 5. The sessions are fun, interactive and designed to share stories in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. It is also a great opportunity to meet other parents and carers.

Lorraine said “The library is a fantastic tool with great resources. By brining children to these story times it makes it easier for them to develop their learning skills before even going to school. It is important to celebrate Refugee Week because it is all about celebrating cultures that is why we had stories from other cultures.”

For more information on the story time sessions held at Compton Road Library contact the friendly helpful team:

The Compton Centre
Harehills Lane
Telephone: 0113 336 7790

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