A first for New Westminster: Tigrinya Storytime

New Westminster Family Place is delighted to announce a significant moment of community empowerment: in collaboration with the New West Public Library, we successfully hosted the inaugural Tigrinya Storytime in New West in May, 2024.

Tigrinya is a language spoken in the Tigre region of Northern Ethiopia and in Eritrea. New Westminster has seen a great uptick in newcomers from these countries: 13.3% of our newcomers in 2021 came from Africa.

Our dedicated Aida Abdelkadir leads the Storytime drop-in sessions under the mentorship of Muktar from DiverseCity BC, whose Tigrinya storytimes at the Guilford Library in Surrey have been a source of inspiration. Together, they are not only enriching our library’s collection but also fostering a sense of belonging for newcomers from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

This milestone highlights the strength of unity and the power of inclusion. We are deeply grateful for the support of our community and look forward to continuing this journey of cultural celebration and mutual understanding. 

Interested in joining our next Tigrinya Storytime? Please visit us at the New West Public Library on Monday, June 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.