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Nyernila Storytelling launched at Latrobe City libraries

Latrobe City Council today launched a dedicated Indigenous storytelling program, which will be delivered in all of its libraries.

By Portal Admin - 4th July 2017 - Back to News

In a first for Victorian libraries, Council will employ an Aboriginal person specifically to deliver the culturally, authentic storytelling sessions.

Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O'Callaghan said the Nyernila Storytelling program was designed to be inclusive, interactive and include storytelling and story reading which promoted the Gunai Kurnai language. The program will also work with the Koorie community to ensure they have a voice in the resources, services and programs delivered by the library service

"A child’s identity, along with family and cultural history, shapes their learning and development. The act of participating in storytelling is a special time where bonds are formed, and when minds and imaginings merge," Cr O’Callaghan said.

"This program will contribute to the empowerment of Koorie parents; in their role as their child’s first teacher and supports the view of Aboriginal culture as an asset.

"Our Nyernila Storytelling program is literacy based and supports the objectives of the Marrung the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association’s Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026.

The Nyernila Storytelling program for preschool children will be delivered in all Latrobe City libraries and will begin at the Frank Bartlett Memorial Library in Moe on Tuesday 18 July from 10.45am.

Media Enquiries:

Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, Latrobe City Mayor

Telephone: 0400 696 324

Cr Graeme Middlemiss, Latrobe City Deputy Mayor

Telephone: 0417 379 059

Media Relations Office

Telephone: 5128 5458

For general enquiries, contact Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700.


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