The Little English Library

4 Feb

Breda Netherlands

I have a friend who I find exhausting. This isn’t because she’s exasperating – she’s exhausts me because she’s inspiring. I have no idea how she manages to do all that she does. Tatia is a mum-of-two, an EFL teacher and publisher and a general all-round bundle of energy who last year moved from England to the Dutch city of Breda. Not content to drink coffee and munch Appelkoek on the expat circuit, Tatia is this month launching an exciting non-profit project: The Little English Library.

The Little English Library is an English language library for expat children aged 0-12 years and for Dutch children learning English. Based in the Montessori School in Breda, it is the first space of its kind in the Netherlands devoted to the free provision of English language children’s books. As well as books, the library – manned entirely by volunteers – will be offering parent and baby rhyme time and storytelling sessions. Not bad going for a project initiated by one busy mum relying entirely on donations and support from book-loving individuals and organisations!

The Library is due to open later this month and has just launched its ‘My Book has Wings’ campaign to bolster its stock of books and to involve children and schools in growing the library. If you are able to donate any books or can help in any other way, please do contact Tatia – The Little English Library is an amazing project to support and I am immensely proud of what Tatia has achieved. She is certainly an inspiration to me and  she’s sure to help inspire a love of books through The Little English Library.



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