First, I am super excited (and nervous!) to be presenting at ALA at the end of the month. The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services has asked me to present a session on bilingual storytime for librarians who may not be bilingual themselves. The session will be 90-minutes, focused on the "how-to" of launching a new bilingual storytime program, and it will incorporate demonstration in order to give participants some of the flavor of bilingual storytime as well. Here is the official description and information:
Bilingual and Culturally Inclusive Storytime Programs
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Regency Ballroom D
Latinos are the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the country, with many Latino children growing up in Spanish-speaking homes. Bilingual storytimes provide an opportunity to model early literacy practices for parents, to discover new stories and songs and to celebrate the gift of bilingualism – all in two languages! This session will describe how librarians who do not speak Spanish can implement bilingual storytime programs. The models discussed will be (a) truly bilingual programs offered by working with bilingual community partners and (b) predominantly English programs which are intentionally inclusive of Latino culture and the Spanish language. Participants will leave the session with new ideas for books, songs and rhymes to incorporate into their storytime programs, as well as useful online resources for program planning. Tools for explaining and promoting early literacy and school readiness skills to Spanish-speaking parents will also be shared.
I would love to see some of the readers of this blog at ALA or in one of my classes, so please be sure to introduce yourself if you do attend! As always, if you have any questions, you can contact me here.