Programming

Librarians from all over the country submitted their program ideas for this matrix. To submit yours, download the program template fill it out, and send.

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Infant/Toddler Programming (0-2) (for pdf of full details click on title of program)

Title Description Level of Spanish proficiency required Flyers, handouts, etc.
Buena Casa, Buena Brasa / Mother Goose on the Loose en Espanol This is an adaptation of Mother Goose on the Loose in English, that was developed for the Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD. It has a large training component in it to go along.with her requirements. After running it successfully for two years, Anne and I discussed the major elements and I created a Spanish language version of Mother Goose on the Loose programs in their libraries. It tells how to find a community partner, what kind of things you need to decide together, how to divide up the responsiblities and presentation of the program.

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You must work with a community partner who speaks spanish. I have just finished writing a “How To” manual for Mother Goose on the Loose en Espanol about this — how to find a Spanish-speaking community partner and what you need to do in order to run successful programs together.

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Toddler Storytime This is a once a month farm animal themed storytime with songs and puppets. Developed at the Kern County Library, Lamont Branch, in Lamont, CA. Basic – Knows basic vocabulary and pronunciation, can read Spanish
Bilingual Toddler Tales / Bilingual Baby Rhyme Time Interactive rhymes, songs, action for toddlers in Spa/Eng, for babies, developmental information for adults with songs/rhymes/ action games for infants. Developed at the Mission Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library, in San Francisco, CA.

Advanced – Conversationally fluent in Spanish

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Preschool Programming (3-5)

Title Description Level of Spanish proficiency required Flyers, handouts, etc.
Bilingual Storytimes Half hour basic storytime covering numbers, colors, some common animals, food, or daily activities. Uses Jose Luis Orozco’s books with accompanying cds, as well as props and other books. Conducted using a bilingual or Spanish-speaking volunteer with the librarian. Held at the Morgan Hill Library, in Morgan Hill, CA.

Some – Knows a few words of Spanish

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Welcome to the Library! This program is conducted once a year to get families comfortable using the library. The preschools coordinate the visit. From the Live Oak Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries in Santa Cruz, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Cuentos y Canciones This program is held once a week in 4 to 8 week sessions. It focuses on early childhood rhymes and songs in Spanish. At least one leader must be a native speaker, either the librarian or a community volunteer. From the Hennepin County Library Oxboro branch, in Bloomington, MN.

Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish

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Rincón de Cuentos This weekly themed storytime utilizes one full time staff member, plus community volunteers who have been trained as storytellers. From the Poudre River Public Libraries in Fort Collins, CO. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Bilingual Story-time Family literacy storytime held once a month for an hour. From the San Luis Obispo County Library, in San Luis Obispo, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Say Hola to Spanish Bilingual preschool program that gives children exposure to Spanish. Utilizes music, flannelboards, stories. From the East Brunswick Public Library in East Brunswick, NJ. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Leyendo con Lili A bilingual storytime held once a week using both Spanish speaking and non-Spanish speaking adults. The fluent speakers reads two stories in Spanish, and the remainder of the program is mostly interaction. From the Yuba County Library in Marysville, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish Dia Flyerjpeg flyer
MGOL en Español / Cada Niño Listo Para Leer Mother Goose on the Loose program, focuses on getting children ready to read, and is held once a week in 6 week sessions. From the Roseville Public Library in Roseville, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish Quarter page flyerSpanish flyertrifold brochure
Bilingual Storytime Weekly storytime offered by Spanish speaking library assistant. From the Olathe Indian Creek Branch Library in Olathe, KS. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Family Fiesta Brief stories and songs, a simple craft or a performance by professionals or by local children, e.g. folkorico dance, and snacks, presented four times a year. From the Euguene Public Library in Eugene, OR. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Bilingual Storytime Once a month half hour storytime using a Spanish speaker to assist librarians. From the Brentwood Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, MO. Some – knows a few words of Spanish
Bilingual English-Spanish Storytime Monthly storytime conducted with the help of a Spanish speaking volunteer. Each does their part in their native language. From the Laurel Public Library in Laurel, MD. Some – knows a few words of Spanish
Bilingual Family Storytime Weekly storytime in which parents take turns reading to the children. From the National City Public Library in National City, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
EnCuentos y EnCantos Bilingual Stories and Songs. English and Spanish. The name of the program, “EnCuentos y EnCantos” is a combination of the Spanish words “en” (in) “cuentos” (stories) and “en” (in) “cantos” (songs.) In Spanish, the word “EnCantos” also means enchantment. Held monthly. Objective is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of the Spanish language and traditions through stories, songs and games. From the Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Bilingual Storytime Twice a month storytime with monthly themes such as Cinco de Mayo in May. Uses bilingual and Spanglish books, and is administered by one bilingual librarian. From the Sedona Public Library in Sedona, AZ. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Storytime Monthly storytime staffed by two staff and three volunteers, which includes songs, fingerplays, flannelboards, and crafts. From the Brawley Public Library in Brawley, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Hora de Cuentos en Español Weekly Spanish storytime conducted by a Spanish-speaking volunteer without the assistance of the librarian. From the Winters Branch of the Yolo County Library in Winters, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Story Time Weekly hour long storytime. From the Davis branch of the Yolo County Library in Davis, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
FFL / ESL Potlucks Potluck dinner for ESL Learners, their families and tutors. Two to two and a half hours long. Can be conducted with little knowledge of Spanish, but flyers are in Spanish, and librarian speaks enough to understand most of what is being said. From the Del Norte County Library District in Crescent City, CA. Some – knows a few words of Spanish
Leer y Aprender Weekly program of stories, songs, crafts, and skills needed for kindergarten. Presented by a volunteer who speaks Spanish, but materials and books prepared by librarian. From the South San Francisco Public Library in South San Francisco, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Pre-school Bilingual Storytime Building literacy through bilingual songs, stories, rhymes, and puppets. Presented by one person, and features at least one book entirely in English, one entirely in Spanish, and one bilingual book. From the Eastmont branch of the Oakland Public Library, in Oakland, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Pre-school Story Time Storytime that focuses on increasing children’s abilities in Spanish, conducted by a storyteller / reader. Held weekly throughout the year. From the Cesar Chavez branch of the Oakland Public Library, in Oakland, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Spanish Story Time Weekly half hour storytime conducted by a Spanish speaking volunteer. If a volunteer cannot be found or doesn’t show up, the program is cancelled. From the Lodi Public Library, in Lodi, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Pajama Tales Children wear their pajamas, bring stuffed animals and listen to bedtime stories. At least one story and song are in Spanish. Held weekly by a librarian or associate, with a bilingual volunteer if possible. From the Rio Vista branch of the Solano County Library, in Rio Vista, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Bilingual Storytime Once a week storytime presented by a children’s librarian using Spanish fingerplays and activities. From the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Bilingual Storytime Once a month storytime with stories and crafts conducted by a storyteller and a volunteer to assist with projects. From the Azusa City Library in Azusa, CA. Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish
Early Literacy Parties — Spanish This program is held 4 times a year in 8 workshop series. It focuses on early literacy for Spanish speaking families, and is conducted by one supervisor, one coordinator, and two facilitators. Workshops are designed to help families prepare their families for kindergarten. From KCLS in Issaquah, WA. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
La Fiesta de su Biblioteca Stories, songs and crafts on the third Saturday of every month. In English and Spanish. Presented by one librarian and one trained volunteer. From the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library in Corvallis, OR. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish
Bilingual Family Storytime A weekly program presented by a children’s librarian or paraprofessional with programming experience. This is a bilingual family storytime which is an interactive program that incorporates stories and songs in English and Spanish for preschool children and their families. From the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, OH. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish Movements and songs

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Early Elementary Programming (6-8)

Title Description Level of Spanish proficiency required Flyers, handouts, etc.
Bilingual Story Times Quarterly programs honoring large ocassions such as Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Cesar Chavez, El dia. Uses a native speaker as paid staff or a community volunteer. From the Irwindale Public Library in Irwindale, CA.

Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish

Cuentos y Canciones Storytelling with music and drama in a four hour workshop and a one hour performance. Conducted by one staff member, one visiting storyteller, and two volunteers. From the Yuba County Library in Marysville, CA. Some – knows a few words of Spanish
Tiempo de Familia Bilingual Story Time Evening storytime twice a week so that parents can participate. Includes stories in English and Spanish, followed by a craft. From the Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library in Vista, CA.

Basic – knows vocab pronunciation, reads Spanish

Bilingual Story Time Once a month storytime usually focusing on country holidays, presented by one full time staff member plus desk assistants and presenters with foreign knowledge and experience. From the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, KY. Some – knows a few words of Spanish
Spanish Story Time Stories in Spanish and bilingual, songs and crafts presented once a week. Contributed anonymously. Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish

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Upper Elementary Programming (9-11)

Title Description Level of Spanish proficiency required Flyers, handouts, etc.
Share-A-Story PBS KIDS Share a Story is a national literacy campaign designed to inspire adults to help millions of children develop language and literacy skills through dailyactivities, including book reading, drawing, storytelling, rhyming and singing. From the Fortuna Library in Fortuna, CA.

Advanced – conversationally fluent in Spanish

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