Turkish delight at special Storytime

Bilingual Storytime  

Songs and stories will feature at a special Storytime in honour of a day that holds great significance to Hume’s Turkish-Australians.

Children from across the municipality are invited to celebrate Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, at The Age Library in Broadmeadows on Monday 18 April 2016 from 11am until 12pm.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the event would be terrific fun.

“We’ve planned an exciting morning of entertainment,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“I will join Hume’s bilingual storytellers for an interactive Storytime in both English and Turkish languages.

“Children from Ilim College will present a range of traditional folk dances, dressed in colourful costumes.

“Attendees are welcome to also dress in traditional costumes, and the event is open to all young people, regardless of their background.

“It will be a great way to celebrate the rich Turkish culture which is such a part of Hume, and all attendees shall be invited to reflect on their own heritage.”

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day commemorates the birth of modern Turkey.

On 23 April 1920, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey met in Ankara to herald a new nation, one which would be both independent and secular.

The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, later dedicated the date of 23 April to the children of Turkey, whom he said were the future of the country.

As part of his proclamation, Ataturk called on the youth of Turkey to protect the nation’s sovereignty and independence in the years and decades that would lie ahead.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was fortunate that so many people with Turkish heritage had decided to call its suburbs home.

“Turkish-Australians have contributed much to Hume, and we’re proud of that,” she said.

“Many residents of Turkish background have started businesses and opened restaurants in places like Broadmeadows and Dallas.

“They have enriched Hume, and demonstrated how the diversity of a community can be its ultimate strength.”

Residents of Hume have come from more than 160 different countries, with approximately 140 languages spoken across the municipality.

In excess of 13,000 Hume residents have Turkish ancestry.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged Hume’s youngest families to attend the special Storytime on 18 April 2016, ahead of Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

“What a lively way to learn about the traditions of a vibrant and colourful culture!” she said.

Bilingual Storytime sessions are conducted each week at The Age Library and Craigieburn Library, in the languages of English, Turkish, Arabic, Assyrian/Chaldean, Vietnamese, and Sinhalese.

The sessions are also presented at more than 56 schools and community organisations across Hume, and assist up to 1000 young people every month.

Families can access more information via www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 April 2016

Updated : 10:30 AM, 11 April 2016

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