On Saturday, March 19, REEEC hosted Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. About 10 young children (ages ranging from infants to elementary school students) and their parents attended the afternoon program, which introduced them to Russian culture. First, they listened to a Russian fairy tale called “The Frog Princess.” Then they sang a happy birthday song in Russian. However, their favorite activity that day was making crowns. Parents assisted their children in attaching feathers, jewels, and glitter to their crowns. Pretty soon, there were princes and princesses all wearing magnificent crowns. After the activity, the children went home with a piece of Russian candy. Many thanks to the Urbana Free Library for providing REEEC the space to organize such a wonderful community outreach event!
Stephanie Chung is a Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in Soviet literature and culture, Russian women’s writing, and Czech literature. She received her B.A. in Plan II Honors/Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2007; and her M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2009 at the University of Texas at Austin. She plans to write a dissertation on Soviet women’s memoirs as literary and media texts.