One upon a time
in the library

Children’s classics by Roald Dahl, Kornei Chukovsky, Samuil Marshak and Annie M.G. Schmidt, in English, Russian, French, German, Dutch and Spanish, are narrated by famous actors from six different countries.

Once upon a time in the library is a response to the exceptional closure of the schools in 2020 and 2021, which has left hundreds of thousands of children at home. Library staff and famous actors including Sonia Bergamasco and Marco Gambino took turns reading favourite children’s stories in videos online.

Simon Callow reads "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - The Old Gumbie Cat", T. Eliot

The initiative has attracted attention across Europe. Children’s classics by Roald Dahl, Kornei Chukovsky, Samuil Marshak and Annie M.G. Schmidt, in English, Russian, French, German, Dutch and Spanish, are narrated by famous actors from six different countries.

On BreraPlus.org, Brera’s subscriber-only online platform, you can listen to children’s classics by Roald Dahl, Kornei Chukovsky, Samuil Marshak, and Annie M.G. Schmidt, in English, Russian, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish, are narrated by famous actors from six different countries.

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Simon Callow reads "Happy Prince", Oscar Wilde

“Once upon a time in the heart of the city, there was a palace called Brera. The library was full of treasures: rare books, precious manuscripts, letters, maps and drawings. But then a dark cloud of illness came over the country, and all the schools, museums, theatres and even libraries had to close their doors. It was a very bleak time, and everyone had to stay at home, lonely, worried, and even a little frightened. But libraries don’t stop, even when the doors are closed. So this library decided that if people could not come to the library, the library would go to them. It thought of all the children stuck at home unable to go to school, and started to read …”
 

Simon Callow reads "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - Cat Growltiger's Last Stand", T. Eliot
Simon Callow reads "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - The Naming of Cats", T. Eliot

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