SAINT PAUL, MN - Saint Paul Public Library will offer world language storytimes in Somali at various library locations this summer.
"Storytelling is an important tool that Somali people have used for many generations to pass on their culture and history to their children," said Warda Geele, Somali storytime presenter at Saint Paul Public Library. "The opportunity to have storytime at the library gives children who are born in the United States a chance to experience this tradition and provides parents ideas for telling stories at home."
World language Somali storytimes are designed for children who speak Somali at home and their parents or caregivers, as well as organizations serving children and families.
Storytimes offer a valuable listening and pre-reading experience for children of all ages and support early literacy, which has been shown to be vitally important for a child's future and aid later school achievement.
Sheeko Xariiro/Somali Storytime for children ages 2 and up share books, stories, rhymes, and music in Somali. Saint Paul Public Library also offers world language storytimes in Hmong, Spanish and English.
World Language Storytimes in Somali at Saint Paul Public Library:
Rondo Library, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
461 N. Dale St., St. Paul, 651-266-7400
Sun Ray Library, Thursdays, 11 a.m. (starting July 14)
2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, 651-501-6300
Please visit www.sppl.org  for more information.