Merseyside Polonia has just launched a new exciting project for Polish children and families in Liverpool, which aims to provide a friendly atmosphere for the development of Polish children and to support their parents and carers in adapting to a new cultural environment.
After a very successful event in April 2013 the new project is inviting families to enjoy a story and craft session on 2 February 2014 in Discover, part of the Central Library. The Discover area for children, formerly the International Library, has been transformed into a stunning and imaginative environment for children of all ages to discover a wealth of story and information books.
This event is created for children, their parents and carers to participate in story reading, role-play and craft activities. Every child who does not already have a library card will be able register, receive a card and borrow books to enjoy their reading adventure at home.
The session will give the opportunity to children to get familiar with popular English and Polish poems, picture books such as ‘Lokomotywa’ by J. Tuwim, English nursery rhymes like ‘Humpty Dumpty’ or stories like ‘Animal Boogie’ by Debbie Harter.
The Merseyside Polonia initiative for children and families is funded by BBC Children in Need and supported by Liverpool City Council. Merseyside Polonia believes that by creating a community motivated to read to children we can improve their bilingual skills, focus and concentration.
During the Christmas workshops at the Museum of Liverpool the organisation gathered some information from parents about willingness to join in some activities:” We would like to get an access to Polish children’s literature or other educational materials.” The event would be a great opportunity to find out about Polish book collections in Liverpool Libraries.