Hujambo! Ndewo! Kaabo! Sawubona! Hello!
I hope that I am saying hello correctly in Swahili, Igbo, Yoruba, and Zulu. If I have made a mistake, please forgive me. These are just a few of the languages spoken in Africa, which is where we are traveling on 12 April 2014 as Second Saturday Family Story Time continues to read around the world at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. We invite children ages 3 to 8 and their parent or other special adult to join us the library, 201 C Street in Marshall, MN from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We will have stories, activities, exhibits, and some special guests to help us learn more about some of the places in Amazing Africa.
In preparing for this event, I have learned that the continent of Africa, with 57 countries, has more than 2,100 languages and associated cultural groups. According to Ethnologue, more than 340 of these African languages are in danger of being lost. The sad thing about losing a language is that some of the cultural knowledge and heritage is also lost when the language is no longer actively spoken.