BHUBANESWAR: City-based Bakul Foundation that undertakes a series of educational and cultural activities for children besides running the Bakul Children's Library in Satya Nagar here has announced commencement of activities like story telling, film screening and art and craft from Saturday.

Foundation director Sujit Mohapatra said that in addition to the regular library hours everyday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bakul would have weekly additional activities for children every Saturday and Sunday. While Saturdays would have story telling in English at 5 p.m. followed by art and craft activities, Sundays would feature story telling in Oriya followed by film screening. “The idea behind story telling is to create an interest in the world of stories and thereby develop imagination, awareness and creativity in children. There is abundant research that points to the connection between story telling and development of children's imagination,” he added.

Different cultures

Bakul invites people from abroad who visit the city or are based here to tell stories from their respective languages and cultures to the children at the library. “The idea behind story telling from around the world is multi-cultural exposure through stories so that children get exposed to different cultures and know about the world that will be of great benefit to them in this globalising world,” Sujit said.

So far story tellers from England, United States, South Africa, Korea, Japan, Denmark, Germany, France, Portugal and Ireland joined the children during the first session last year while the second session had guests from Scotland, Ireland, England, Philippines and Canada. The next phase would have story tellers from Italy, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, Estonia, Hungary, France and Romania.