Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

HAR­VEY Pub­lic Li­brary said “buon­giorno” in­stead of good morn­ing on Wed­nes­day for a spe­cial Ital­ian story time.

Guest pre­sen­ter Louisa Sgam­bel­luri sang clas­sic nurs­ery rhymes in Ital­ian to the au­di­ence.

The Ital­ian lan­guage teacher at St Anne’s Pri­mary School, dur­ing a re­cent trip to Italy Ms Sgam­bel­luri bought sto­ry­books in Ital­ian for the li­brary to keep on its shelves.

Ti­tles in­clude some sto­ries from Italy, but also in­clude clas­sic favourites such as Il pic­colo bruco maisazio or Eric Carle’s The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar and Mem Fox’s Ten Lit­tle Fin­gers and Ten Lit­tle Toes.

Ms Sgam­bel­luri said small doses like the story time were great for lay­ing the ground­work for in­ter-cul­tural un­der­stand­ing.

“It also con­sol­i­dates their English lan­guage skills,” she said.

“This is great ex­po­sure to a sec­ond lan­guage, es­pe­cially since learn­ing a lan­guage is now com­pul­sory in school from Year 3,” she said.

Prin­ci­pal li­brar­ian Ruth Camp­bell-Hicks said the chil­dren were in­ter­ested in the new words to their favourite songs.

“I was look­ing at them and they were lis­ten­ing quite hard to try to un­der­stand,” she said.

Ms Sgam­bel­luri’s Ital­ian lan­guage books will be on dis­play in the li­brary for the next two weeks be­fore they re­turn to their reg­u­lar shelf in the chil­dren’s sec­tion.

Next week the li­brary will host a per­for­mance by chil­dren’s au­thor and en­ter­tainer Andy Jones.

“This is the third time Andy has come to Shire of Har­vey li­braries and he al­ways gets the whole li­brary rock­ing and rolling – chil­dren, par­ents and ran­dom li­brary users as well,” Mrs Camp­bell-Hick said.

“His en­ergy is con­ta­gious and his shows are al­ways very in­ter­ac­tive.”

Pic­tures: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Tabitha and Ry­ley Tai-Rak­ena, 2, Louisa Sgam­bel­luri, Heath Fim­mano, 2, and Ta­nia Cheru­bino, all of Har­vey, make some tri-colour Ital­ian flags af­ter the spe­cial Ital­ian story time.

Tessa, 3, and Chris­tine McDon­ald, of Har­vey, en­joy tak­ing part in the bilin­gual fun.

Pina Kealy with grand­daugh­ter Abbey Slade, 2, of Har­vey, get ready to lis­ten to sto­ries read in Ital­ian.

Chloe Piper, Storm Coughran, 2, Casey Char­chalis, 2, and Karla Char­chalis, all of Har­vey, sing along with the Ital­ian story time songs.

Sanni Vass, Is­abel Strauch and Isla Leach, all 4, of Har­vey, are happy to learn new words to songs they love.

Har­vey prin­ci­pal li­brar­ian Ruth Camp­bell-Hicks and guest Ital­ian story time leader Louisa Sgam­bel­luri take turns read­ing the sto­ries.

Khaleesi Collins, 4, and Storm Coughran, 2, both of Har­vey, en­joy catch­ing up at the li­brary.

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