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Swap shop / Re: 50 English language children's books to give away for FREE!
« Last post by Tartufa on August 14, 2015, 08:52:06 AM »
These books have now been taken.
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Swap shop / 50 English language children's books to give away for FREE!
« Last post by Tartufa on August 10, 2015, 08:45:30 AM »
These books are not suitable for our Street Library project and come from our own personal collection at home.  Our daughter is nearly 7 and has grown out of many of the books or is simply bored with them.  She also has an equal number of Italian language books so we are running our of shelf space!  I'm happy to give them to anyone who might have a use for them.  I don't think there are many on this forum who have children as young as ours but I know that there are plenty of visiting grandchildren.  There are a few Charlie & Lola, Mr Men, a couple of Gruffalo themed books, 'That's Not My Puppy', Postman Pat, Paddington, In the Night Garden etc.  Some have been abused but are readable nevertheless.  Please let me know ASAP if you would like them.  I can put them aside in a big box for a while if required.  Collect from Sulmona (AQ). 
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Swap shop / Re: Sulmona's new Street Library
« Last post by Tartufa on April 27, 2015, 10:32:06 PM »
It's a nice opportunity to help in some way with local initiatives.  Thank you Levi (as always) for your PMA and support! 
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Swap shop / Re: Sulmona's new Street Library
« Last post by levissima on April 27, 2015, 09:53:48 AM »
Brilliant idea, good luck I hope it's a great success :)
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Swap shop / Sulmona's new Street Library
« Last post by Tartufa on April 27, 2015, 08:51:22 AM »
One of the cultural associations here in Sulmona is organising a Street Library using the old telephone cabins.  We are helping out by collecting English language books to get it started.  We hope that the English books will in due course not only benefit those  residing in the area, and those visiting for shorter periods, but also those learning English.  A win/win for everyone.  This Facebook event states a date and a time to deliver books this week - Wednesday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.  From next week there will be a schedule of times but anyone wanting  to deliver outside of those hours can just get in touch*.  Obviously in due course you'll all be able to borrow too but we need to get the ball rolling first!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1608942096018650/

*  For alternative drop off times and dates contact info@welcometosulmona.com
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Schooling / Re: Baby / Toddler Groups?
« Last post by levissima on September 26, 2014, 11:54:40 PM »
I think it's been proven that as a countries wealth increases, families have fewer children. There are lots of different reasons for this, educating females, lower mortality rates both for mothers and babies and state pensions meaning the elderly no longer have to rely on their children to keep them in old age. Also a move from subsistence farming to urban living means you need fewer children to work the land.

Even taking this into consideration Italy's birth rate is very low for a catholic country. :)
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Schooling / Re: Baby / Toddler Groups?
« Last post by Vignaverde on September 26, 2014, 06:05:17 PM »
Childcare costs are just one thing and a small thing when you think of a lifetime of a child and the expenses you pay. People even from the so called rich Germany are mindful of the costs and simply have less kids, no matter where in Europe they are from people are just more careful these days. 
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Schooling / Re: Baby / Toddler Groups?
« Last post by Cassius on September 26, 2014, 05:49:20 PM »
One other thing Cass why is it obviously not for a financial reason why people in Germany are not having as many children ? People seem to be under an illusion that a country that looks good on paper means everyone (including  Joe public) is doing very well, the population own their houses,  everyone has lots of money in the bank and there are too many secure jobs to go around.

Childcare costs in Germany are amongst the cheapest in Europe - I have friends in England who simply can't afford childcare there - Berlin is about 1/3 of the cost in London.
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Schooling / Re: Baby / Toddler Groups?
« Last post by Vignaverde on September 26, 2014, 05:08:45 PM »
One other thing Cass why is it obviously not for a financial reason why people in Germany are not having as many children ? People seem to be under an illusion that a country that looks good on paper means everyone (including  Joe public) is doing very well, the population own their houses,  everyone has lots of money in the bank and there are too many secure jobs to go around. 
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Schooling / Re: Baby / Toddler Groups?
« Last post by Vignaverde on September 26, 2014, 04:48:23 PM »
I think the western mentality now is to have less children, in the past families of 4 upwards were the norm, now 2 seems to be enough both financially and mentally OR maybe central heating & TV is much better than it used to be so there is no need for a late night cuddle  ::)  ;D
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