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Little World Storytimes launch at Bendigo LIbrary

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A new inclusive, multicultural and multilingual program called Little World Storytimes will be launched at the Bendigo Library at 6pm on Tuesday December 11, 2018 and everyone is welcome to attend.  The launch will feature music, cake and readings from community champions, in seven different community languages.

Little World Storytimes is part of the Inclusive Multicultural Library Project which aims to increase the participation of newly arrived and refugee communities in library programs with funding from the Victorian Government.

In 2019, Little World Storytimes will be held regularly at Goldfields Library branches and agencies throughout Greater Bendigo to showcase Karen, Afghan, South Sudanese and Indian cultures and languages.

City of Greater Bendigo Community Partnerships Manager Steven Abbott said the Inclusive Multicultural Library Project aims to identify ways to increase interculturalism and cultural safety at Greater Bendigo libraries to ensure they are a welcoming place for all.  

“This project supports the City’s objective in our Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan to increase community understanding of and empathy for residents from culturally diverse backgrounds by the providing information and intercultural experiences,” Mr Abbott said.

The Multicultural Library Project has revolved around the knowledge and insight provided by ten local community champions from cultural backgrounds such as Indian, Karen, Afghan, South Sudanese, Sri Lankan, Malay, Chinese and Mexican.

Goldfields Library Corporation CEO, Mark Hands said in a global community that embraces diversity, the library is excited to offer Little World Storytime as a way to introduce young citizens to the rich cultural landscape that being a part of Greater Bendigo now represents.

“Little World Storytimes is a way for children and adults alike to celebrate and learn about the different cultures and languages we have in our community, while making our newest community members feel welcome,” Mr Hands said.

Community Champion, Edith Muñoz from Mexico said it’s important to share cultures and one way to do that is through language.

“Little World Storytimes will help us to introduce children to another language in a fun way, and allows us to give back to our community at the same time.” Ms Munoz said.

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