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Together We Grow

Together We Grow is a multicultural family literacy pilot project focused on supporting newly-arrived and recently-settled refugee and migrant families to move towards familiarisation and social inclusion with their new regional communities.

State Library of Queensland partnered with two regional Queensland public library services, Mackay and Toowoomba, to provide opportunities to strengthen the library’s local community connections and enhance learning opportunities for staff in service provision for refugee and migrant families.

Project background
Together We Grow - Evaluation Report (DOC 380KB)

 

The program outlines, activity sheets and forms listed below are available for use in public libraries.  

 

Program sessions:

Session one: Wilbur multilingual picture book

Session two: Gardening

Session three: Water

Session four: Animals

Session five: Home

Toowoomba Culture Zine session for CALD youth and parents

Program forms and checklist

 

Project Background

State Library of Queensland acknowledges the many and varied services developed and provided by public library services and supports initiatives for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. As part of this suite of initiatives State Library of Queensland, in partnership with public libraries developed a multicultural family literacy pilot program Together We Grow.

There's a possum in the house

The pilot project aimed to support, inform and empower participating families through literacy, thus assisting migrant families to connect with their communities and to support parents in their role as their children’s first teacher. Working with key local community groups and support agencies, local schools, and childcare providers, the four week program nurtured the families’ social connectedness through their local library. State Library of Queensland partnered with two regional Queensland public library services, Mackay and Toowoomba, to provide opportunities to strengthen the library’s local community connections and enhance learning opportunities for staff in service provision for refugee and migrant families. Collaboration occurred with key settlement support agencies to ensure important culturally specific information was included in program development, in training for pilot library staff and to support participating families. The pilot project used existing State Library of Queensland resources including the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) collection, Adult Literacy collection, the MyLanguage website, the Little Big Book Club’s Wilbur multilingual picture book and DVD, as well as resources at the pilot libraries. The project report documents the pilot project and explore the challenges, benefits and impacts of the program in the three (CALD) communities, summarise key learnings through the evaluation process, and highlight outcomes achieved and recommendations for future programs in the multicultural family literacy area.

Growing beans at Millmerran

Millmerran and Mackay libraries implemented the same themed sessions for Gardening, Animals and Wilbur multilingual picture book resource, but in a different order to ensure program resources arrived in time from one pilot to the other. The theme ‘Home’ was delivered at Millmerran only, while the session themed ‘Water’ was delivered in Mackay. Please note that the sessions listed above are pilot sessions and in practice may have been delivered differently or adapted to meet the emerging needs of CALD communities.

Last updated
23rd September 2015