6/15/2005 6:31:57 AM

The first Australian published Assyrian language book for children aged seven to ten, is being launched at Fairfield Library on Thursday 3 June at 3.30 pm, with members of the Assyrian community and interested public invited to attend.

"With a large number of Fairfield City residents coming from an Assyrian background, Fairfield City Library Service is excited to be able to provide these people with access to a valuable learning aide," says Mayor of Fairfield City, Nick Lalich.

"The book's author/illustrator, Younia Zaya, has combined her overseas and local teaching experience to produce a book very useful to the Assyrian community of Fairfield City."

"The book is the result of Younia's many years of research and experience working with children," says the Mayor.

Younia Zaya is a qualified early childhood educator who taught in several well-recognised schools and established and operated a Kindergarten called Naghmeh (melody) in Tehran, Iran, prior to migrating to Australia.

Younia has lived in Smithfield for the past thirty-three years and has worked as a volunteer teacher with the Saturday Assyrian Language Schools in Fairfield City.

Fairfield Branch Library is located at the corner of Kenyon and Barbara Streets, Fairfield.

Younia will be signing and selling copies of her book and refreshments will be served.

For further details please contact Council's Library Manager, Anne Hall on 9725 0358