UNESCO's International Mother Language Day is Tuesday 21 February, and we hope you can join us to celebrate the love of language with events and resources. You can find out more about what this day is about on the United Nations website-external site.

Movie marathon

Please note: the in-person movie marathon event at Balwyn Library has been cancelled, however we encourage you to watch the films linked below at home.

Some films we recommend watching for International Mother Language Day are:

If you would like to watch these films, they are all available on the Kanopy website, which you can access for free using your library membership. Find out more about using this service on our Streaming films and tv shows page.

Other events

We host regular bilingual storytimes at our libraries.

These include:

  • Greek storytime at Hawthorn Library
  • Mandarin storytime at Greythorn Library Lounge in Balwyn North
  • Wurundjeri storytime held online through Microsoft Teams.

You can find out when all the regular sessions are for our storytimes at all our libraries on our Children's storytimes and activities page.

We also have a Chinese language club for kids. This is an online club where kids can explore language learning through stories, songs and games, and get to talk to other kids in Mandarin.

Recommended reading

Immerse yourself in literature from around the world with international fiction from our collection. Discover brilliant books on our International fiction booklist article, or speak to our library staff for recommendations.