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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Looking for help from my library amigos!

Hello all!  If you are a reader of this blog, I am asking for your help.  I have two projects in the works that are designed to help librarians learn how to offer bilingual storytime programs, even if they don't speak Spanish.  One is a book chapter for a professional development title that Reforma's Children and Young Adult Services Committee is writing together, and the other is a four-week online course that will be offered this fall through the Library of Virginia.  In each of these I plan to include a Spanish word and phrase guide that can be used to help children's librarians communicate with Spanish-speaking families.  This is where I need your help.  I'd love it if some folks could send me ideas of things they'd like to be able to say to storytime families in Spanish, either in conversation, in the program or through signage/handouts.  If you have any suggestions, please leave them as a comment or send me an email.  Also, if there are any other questions that you have or specific resources/techniques that you'd like to know more about in terms of offering bilingual programs, send that to me also.  This could help shape what I include in the chapter or course, or be used as a future blog topic.  I definitely want these resources to be practical!

Thank you for your ideas!  ¡Gracias por las ideas!

1 comment:

Amy said...

I'd love to be able to explain the basics of our summer reading program in Spanish. We use timed logs so phrases/conversations like "Each star stands for 30 minutes. When your child reads, is read to, or listens to stories, keep track of how much time has passed and mark off a star for each half hour. Bring your sheet back to the library and earn prizes."