This week is New Zealand Sign Language week. It is a good chance for us to learn what life is like for those people who have hearing loss and to help raise awareness for the New Zealand Deaf Community.
New Zealand Sign Language is one of our official languages and is unique to New Zealand. It includes signs for Maori terminology and concepts that you will not find in the sign language of other countries. Sign languages are different all over the world and even in New Zealand people in Wellington may sign slightly differently to people in Christchurch.
One in six New Zealanders have some form of hearing loss and there are thousands of New Zealanders that use NZSL everyday.
Head on over to the Deaf Aotearoa website where there are some great resources and you can check out events happening in your area.
The library also has books on learning NZSL plus books about children who have hearing loss and what life is like for them.
Kia ora and hola!
Estoy en le biblioteca. I am at the library.
Here at Wellington City Libraries we are celebrating International Spanish Language Day on Tuesday April 23rd.
Hablas espanol? Do you speak Spanish?
Hablo un poco de espanol. I speak a little Spanish
Join us! We invite you to explore bilingual books at your community library.
And, keep having fun while you practise ! There are magical books here just waiting for you to savour them.
Última parada de la calle Market by Matt de la Peña
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Elmer by David McKee,
All the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, who was a patchwork of brilliant colours until the day he got tired of being different and making the other elephants laugh.
Cucú-tras by Francesca Ferri
This book invites you to play a fun game: the “Cucú-tras”. This book has great illustrations with cheerful colours and you will have fun lifting the flaps to find different farm animals.
La lección de August by R. J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.