This month children listened to “The Son of the Sun and the Daughter of the Moon.” In the story, the fiery Sun wants the Daughter of the Moon to marry his son. However, the Moon’s refusal to let that happen leads to events that cause the shadow we see on the moon. The story was followed by a sing-a-long of a Russian song and craft time, where we made sun and moon masks.
In the upcoming year REEEC will enhancing its role with the Urbana Free Library by offering cultural events. REEEC will offer programs that teach children about REEE culture by celebrating national holidays throughout the year. On September 3 from 11 am – 12 pm REEEC will present a program on the Day of Knowledge a Ukrainian and Russian National Holiday, which celebrates the start of a new school year with the traditional ringing of a bell by a new first year student. Please join us for this event!
Since June of 2010 REEEC has partnered with the Urbana Free Library and Shih-Mei Carmody, a children’s librarian at the Library, in providing a cultural story time that introduces children in the community to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia by telling traditional stories and learning popular children’s songs from these countries. The number of children who attend the story time varies from week to week but usually around 10 children on average participate in these events. We hope that by providing this story hour, we as a center will become more recognized by the community and broaden its cultural awareness of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. As an additional service, for those who might be interested in creating a similar program, the curriculum developed for the story time may be found on our website under teacher resources: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/teachers/lesson/.
For more information about the services provided at the Urbana Free Library please explore their website: http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/.
The Urbana Free Library hours of operation for Adult, Teen, & Children’s Services are:
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.