A taste of Mandarin provided a new take on story time in Playford this week.^ Zhaohong reading Big Red Bath at Mandarin Storytime. Kid’s reading was given a multicultural twist this week with the City of Playford Civic Centre library hosting its first-ever Chinese story time. The session, conducted in Mandarin, included two bilingual stories (Merry Christmas Maisy and Big Red Bath), along with bilingual nursery rhymes accompanied by music from a Chinese harp.The library teamed up with Zhaohong Liang from the School of Chinese Music and Arts to bring the bilingual session to Elizabeth.“The school started Mandarin Storytime sessions in June and since then we have visited five libraries per week, all over Adelaide,” Zhaohong said.^ Watch Zhaohong singing some
well-known songs. From the success of this Storytime event, the library hopes to bring more bilingual Storytime sessions to the community in the future.Children’s librarian Alana Ojeda said the event was a fun and educational experience, which reflected the City of Playford’s diverse community.“To celebrate Chinese culture, diversity and multiculturalism within the community,” Alana said.“The aim is to build social cohesion and teach an appreciation of another culture.”Playford Library Storytime sessions are held every Wednesday, from 10.30am during school terms. For more information, contact the library (8256 0334 or email).The School of Chinese Music and Arts has also performed at past Adelaide Fringe and OzAsia Festivals. The City of Playford recently signed a memorandum of understanding with a trade delegation to potentially invest and allow our companies to export food, wine and other products to China.