Kids the benefactor of Chinese donation

Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett (back) with participants of the Stories in Chinese program.
Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett (back) with participants of the Stories in Chinese program.

JUST over six months after a new Chinese book program was introduced, Success Library is reaping the rewards.

One hundred new Chinese books have been donated to the library for kids to use as part of the Stories in Chinese, just in time for Book Week, which runs from August 17-23.

The program gives local children the chance to learn rhymes and games in Mandarin and Cantonese from Cockburn Chinese Community Association volunteers.

The organisation donated the Chinese language books, many of which are award-winning and cover different ages and topics, including a collection from 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Mo Yan, graphic novels and picture books.

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Residents from the Chinese background are the top culturally diverse community in Cockburn, comprising about 3.5 per cent of the population.

So far this year, seven Stories in Chinese sessions have been held for 385 people, including 185 children, with an average of 26-30 children attending each session.

Stories in Chinese sessions are normally held at Success Library on the third Monday of the month.

The next session will be held on September 16 from 3.45-4.30pm.

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