‘Really funny’: Osnabrück and Reading Weeks 2022 invites children to browse

(From left) Jens Peters, Lisa Rond, Hilal Gormes, Catherine Schmidt, Thomas Berman and Andrea Hein look forward to the action-packed programme. / Photo: Schwer

“Really funny”: this is the motto according to which the Osnabrück City Library and the West Lower Saxony Literature Office organize the 15th Osnabrück Book and Reading Weeks in collaboration with several district centres, Haus der Jugend and Museum am Schölerberg. Children up to the age of eleven are invited to attend 21 readings, performances and activities from June 14 to June 24 to learn about literature and language in a humorous way and immerse themselves in the world of books.

“We chose the ‘really funny’ slogan because kids had to go without much due to homeschooling and the coronavirus pandemic.” Catherine Schmidt From the city library. “We want to give children great experiences with books.” Accordingly, the variety program opens directly with a special item in the program: the theatrical performance “Fabulara – The Children’s Music Show” presents the story of a yogi and two legendary, extraordinary creatures and combines elements of acting and literature.

Authors’ readings refresh the program

On several days, children’s book authors read their works on various sites and engaged the audience in reading. like authors Martin Moser And the Ut Krause They personally read their work “Kannawoniwasein!” and “Muscular Animals – Bertram’s Hamster Goes to School”. The book collection for this year’s Reading and Book Week has been chosen in such a way that literary history can be conveyed in a child-friendly and humorous way Andrea Hein From the Am Schulerberg Museum. Lisa’s Tour From Ziegenbrink Community Center adds that the books are suitable for all age groups, where older children can also learn about key topics.

There is something for everyone in the selection of books at this year's Osnabrück Book and Reading Weeks.  / Photo: Schwer
There is something for everyone in the selection of books at this year’s Osnabrück Book and Reading Weeks. / Photo: Schwer

Bookworms and novice readers can immerse themselves in stories

The special thing about the program elements is that the formats are not only lively, but also represent aesthetic experiences for young listeners Jens Peters From the Literature Office in West Lower Saxony. We have had positive experiences with these readings. Kids can dive there for three quarters of an hour.” Thomas Berman From the Westwerk Youth Center. Peters goes on to say about the special features of the book and reading weeks: “Children are drawn from the places where they live and where a relationship of trust already exists. This year’s show covers a wide range of children with different reading and literature skills.”

It crawls and runs: “Superwurm” shows what happens in the life of the soil

In addition to closed school events, the diverse program also includes open shows. highlight z. B. reading from ssuper worm From Axl Scheffler And the Julia Donaldson There, the outdoor activity with the “Moving Grasshopper” becomes an educational experience, as children can explore the soil life around the museum in Schölerberg. According to Hein, this experience is a beautiful arc between nature and writers.

Meeting between young and old: reading together after the Corona pandemic

Fourth graders from Eversburg Primary School and SBB Seniorenzentrum Eversburg are using time after long isolation due to the Corona pandemic for a joint reading. “An event like this succeeds in getting young and old to connect,” Berman says. In collaboration with Westwerk Youth Center read “The Day Grandma Broke the Internet” Mark Uwe KlingA space created to bring two generations together again.

High attendance for multilingual reading

Portuguese Consul General Vasco Siroya This year sitting as a multilingual reading listener Daniel Nabbs “Dr. Broome is stuck.” auf DrGerman, nDutch, eEnglish, FFrench, sorgone, TTurkish and sIt is held in Russia. “For us it’s a very special event with a high profile,” says Catherine Schmidt.

More information about program items is available on the City Library website.

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