Cockburn: storytelling with a Chinese twist

Front - Gavin Li 4 Back L to R - Carol Zhang with Tim Li 8, Linda Seymour (Library Manager), Charlotte Scarfone 6 & Meski Ashagrie (Cultural Diversity Officer). Photo: Jon Hewson
Front - Gavin Li 4 Back L to R - Carol Zhang with Tim Li 8, Linda Seymour (Library Manager), Charlotte Scarfone 6 & Meski Ashagrie (Cultural Diversity Officer). Photo: Jon Hewson

CITY of Cockburn children will get the chance to learn rhymes and games in Mandarin and Cantonese.

The City of Cockburn, working with the Cockburn Chinese Community Association (CCCA), will begin Chinese language story times at Success Library, an idea suggested to help maintain culture and passing on heritage to younger generations.

City of Cockburn cultural diversity and inclusion officer Meski Ashagrie said residents from a Chinese background comprised 3.5 per cent of Cockburn’s population.

CCCA chairperson Carol Zhang said the association approached Success Library to have more Chinese books.

“We talked about doing a story time, they were very receptive,” she said.

“We now have 36 women registered to volunteer at the story times, with three leading the sessions every month.

“Lots of our young mums are eager to find something useful to do, to give to their community and this will be great for them.”

Cockburn library services manager Linda Seymour said the libraries have books and magazines which are written in a number of languages other than English.

“These include 300 Chinese language books, a number of which are junior bilingual editions written in Chinese and English,” she said.

The first session is on Monday January 21 from 3.45pm to 4.30pm and is aimed for children aged two to 10 years.