Well, for the first week of four multicultural storytelling sessions, storytime was from China!
A charming spot was set up for children and their carers at Melton Park in Biloela for this special storytime hosted by Biloela Library and presented by Alice Huang on Wednesday, June 1.
Alice is originally from Xiamen in the south of China and now lives in Biloela with her family.
Once everyone was settled on chairs and comfy cushions, they were warmly welcomed by Tegan from the library.
Then Alice read a popular children’s story from China, “Little Tadpoles Looking for Mummy”, both in English and Chinese. There were also English-Chinese picture books on display, with lots more available from the library as well.
After the story, Alice had everyone singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Happy Birthday and taught them how to count to five in Chinese.
Mel from Little Brushes Face Painting was there to add some extra cheer to this happy event and there was a craft activity to try before it was time to tuck into morning tea.
Alice gave some tips on how to use chopsticks (Tegan was keen to learn, while Cathy from the library improvised with more of a stabby technique). It was a great spread with Chinese lollies, crackers, fruit and yellow bean milk to try. One of the culinary highlights was a plate of traditional Chinese biscuits known as firecrackers that were crispy and sugary and delicious. There was also fried rice made by Alice for everyone to enjoy.
The Where in the World is Storytime sessions will be held each Wednesday in June. Next week the storytime globe will spin to South Africa! If you would like to attend with your little one, please make a booking with the library on 4992 7362 (for catering purposes).
These fabulous multicultural storytime sessions are funded by the State Library of Queensland.