I am currently teaching an online course offered through the Library of Virginia called - Connecting with the Spanish-Speaking Community: What You Need to Know Before Offering a Bilingual Storytime in Your Library. I wanted to get a better idea of what various libraries in Virginia are doing to serve Latino children and families and in digging around, I came across Cuentos y Más - bilingual storytimes on YouTube, brought to you by the Arlington Public Library. I'm blown away! Way to go Virginia, and way to go librarian/host Maria Aguilar! This is super innovative and the videos are very high quality. On demand bilingual programming that families can access as their schedule allows. I love that in the one that I saw, in addition to storytime, the program was exposing families to an educational resource available in the community. The format is fantastic - fun, stories and exposure to community resources.
I would love to hear more about successful and innovative strategies in Virginia or elsewhere in the Southeast for connecting Latinos and Spanish-speakers with libraries.
10 months ago