Hulme High Street Library

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International Mother Language Day 2017

Hulme had the very first branch library of Manchester’s free library – which was itself the country’s first free library. Free public access to books still matters here, with the library now based in the Leisure Centre on Hulme High Street.

To celebrate International Mother Language Day in 2017, Hulme High St Library got together with both the Sudanese Community and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Women’s Group from the Darul Aman mosque. The Sudanese community brought their children’s choir, dressed in the colours of the Sudanese flag. The children ranging from 3 to 16 years delighted everyone with their beautiful singing and all took part in the activities on offer at the library. Local artist, Mandy Cleveland, created an art installation with families and children where they made a silhouetted building sculpture which they were invited to decorate with messages in their first languages. The Ahmadiyya women ran a creative activity that promoted written language in mother tongues as well as delighting all participants with Mhendi hand designs!



Sudanese community children’s choir, dressed in the colours of the Sudanese flag

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