World-Class Storytellers To Conduct Workshops For Educators, Librarians and Parents Of Special Needs Children

Singapore, 02 September 2008This year's Singapore International Storytelling Festival is one with a significant difference. The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation) has partnered the organisers of the festival, the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), to offer two special workshops for educators, librarians, parents or caregivers of children with special needs.

Included as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival's programme for the very first time, these two workshops will be conducted by world-class storytellers Sherry Norfolk and Bobby Norfolk.

To be held on Wednesday, September 3, at The Arts House, the first workshop "Reach Out and Let Them In: Library Services for Children with Special Needs" will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and the second workshop "Multiple Points of Entry: Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs" will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Both workshops are sponsored by the SPH Foundation and are offered free of charge to participants.

Storytelling is a recognised art form that plays a significant part in lifelong learning. A good story not only entertains, but is capable of imparting important concepts, values and skills. With acclaimed storytellers Sherry and Bobby Norfolk facilitating the two workshops, the sessions promise to be practical and entertaining.

Sherry Norfolk has been inspiring and energising staff development workshops which demonstrate storytelling as a tool that empowers educators. Several National awards have recognised her dedication to children and family literacy. She is the co-author of some commendable teaching resources such as 'The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development', and 'The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum'.

Joining Sherry to conduct the workshops will be her husband Bobby, a three-time Emmy Award winner and a recipient of a Parents' Choice honour as one of the most popular and dynamic story-educators in the U.S. Bobby, once a standup comedian, worked for 10 years thereafter as a National Park Service Ranger, presenting historical and interpretive programmes for school-groups and the community at large. From his positions as Park ranger to TV host, recording artist to author, Bobby has told stories that promote character, education, cultural diversity and self-esteem.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of the SPH Foundation, said:"The expertise and dynamic energy of world-class storytellers Sherry and Bobby Norfolk will undoubtedly bring a new dimension to storytelling in reaching out to children with special needs. The SPH Foundation is pleased to partner the National Book Development Council of Singapore in presenting these workshops. This is in line with the Foundation's objectives and support for causes that benefit the educational needs of children and youths."

Reach Out and Let Them In: Library Services for Children with Special Needs
3 Sept 2008, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Children with special needs can and should be served successfully in the public library. This fast-paced workshop explores the materials, resources and methods that will help you reach out and provide services to children with special needs as well as their parents and caregivers. We'll also examine ways your story time programming can be adapted to meet the needs of children with various abilities and disabilities, while considering the impact that staff attitude and prejudice can have on desired outcomes.

Multiple Points of Entry: Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs
3 Sept 2008, 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Demonstration, discussion and active audience participation will focus on the many ways in which storytelling can engage children with special needs, providing multiple points of entry for learning. We will explore a variety of specific techniques which utilise storytelling to address a wide range of disabilities in the classroom, helping children attend to, organise, process, and retrieve information while interacting successfully with their non-disabled peers.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Eric Ching
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
DID: 6319 1280
Mobile: 9760 1150

R. Ramachandran
Executive Director
National Book Development Council of Singapore
Tel: 65 6848 8290
DID: 65 6848 8291
Mobile: 9459 7154

About Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.


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