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There's a demand for bilingual Spanish/English storytime in your library as the number of Spanish-speaking families grows.

  • Are you interested in bilingual storytimes but lack confidence in your language skills?
  • Do you lack experience in offering a storytimes program?
  • Does your library lack a Spanish-speaking children's librarian?
  • Are you concerned that your library just doesn't have the resources of staff or time available to offer bilingual storytimes?

If you have considered, or are considering, offering bilingual storytimes at your library, then this workshop is for you. After attending this workshop, you will be able to plan and conduct a successful bilingual storytime program!

Workshop Description: This all-day workshop will explore the need for bilingual storytime programs, demonstrate bilingual storytime techniques, share resources, and identify ways to get and keep an audience. Through individual and group exercises, students will practice preparing and conducting storytime as well as make initial plans for starting storytime in their own library. The instructor will provide bibliographies, templates, and cheat sheets as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied immediately. As a result, students will be able to implement a new bilingual storytime (or revitalize a current one) upon return to their libraries.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • Starting a Bilingual Storytime Program
    • Identify the need for bilingual storytime (serve Latinos, educate non-Latinos, demand)
    • Identify objectives and audience (outreach, frequency, & age-group)
    • How to recruit Spanish-speaking staff, volunteers, or coaches
    • Incorporating limited Spanish language skills
  • Reading Books Aloud
    • Different bilingual formats
    • Recommended book titles, authors, and publishers
    • Reading aloud
  • Other Formats & Planning Storytimes
    • Demonstrate other formats: poetry, music, flannelboards, fingerplays
    • Planning a storytime
  • Getting an Audience and Keeping It
    • Promoting the program within the community, especially where Latinos are
    • Creating a welcoming atmosphere for Spanish-speaking families
    • Keep them coming (eg., crafts, raffles, food)
    • Identifying community partners
    • Getting feedback

Workshop Instructor: Ana-Elba Pavon