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Storytelling, other activities
to be offered in Spanish in outreach program
Mitchell, News Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Storytelling, live music, sing-alongs and other activities for children
– presented in Spanish – will be featured twice monthly
beginning in October as part of a library-based community-outreach program
organized by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Spanish Time,” for children ages 4 to 9, is free and open
to the public. The program is co-sponsored by the U. of I.’s Center
for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Champaign Public Library
and Urbana Free Library.
Urbana, activities planned this fall will be held on the second Saturday
of the month (Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9) at 2 p.m. in the children’s
department of the library, 210 W. Green St.
In Champaign, the event will be offered on the third Saturday of the
month (Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16) at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room
at the Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St.
The theme for the first program will be “Day of the Dead”
(or “Dia de los Muertos”). The event will introduce children
to the customs and traditions associated with the festive Latin American
holiday in which family members honor their ancestors.
According to Renata Johnson, outreach coordinator for the U. of I.
center, the program was developed to fill a need for more Spanish-language
programs outside the classroom.
“With the growth of Hispanic populations, there is a strong desire
in this community to reach out to Spanish-speaking families,”
Johnson said. “We also hope that non-Hispanic families come to
this program because in a globalized world it is very important to encourage
children to become bilingual or even multilingual.”
The programs will be presented by storytellers Ashley Mazzola and Kelley
Sheehan, U. of I. Spanish majors who studied in Barcelona, Spain, last
year and participated in a community-based language-learning course
taught by Spanish professor Ann Abbott. In addition, local musicians
William Hope, and Adriana Cuervo and Luis Eduardo Herrera will perform
Latin American songs on alternate program dates.
For more information, contact Johnson at 217-244-2790 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Champaign’s Douglass Branch, contact children’s librarian
Amanda Raklovits, araklovits@Champaign.org;
and at the Urbana Free Library, Barb Lintner, director of children’s