Baden Memorial Library will resume bilingual storytime in person

BADEN – In the hope of providing a story hour that can be suitable for all children, a local library will offer an event in two languages.

The Baden Memorial Library is resuming its bilingual story hour, which allows primary school children to learn English and Spanish in a playful way. The program will resume in-person meetings for story time starting at 1 p.m. on March 3, removing the technological barrier for local families.

“We will be reading a number of picture books in many languages, as well as non-fiction books about different countries,” said Lavender Woolstrum, the children’s assistant at Baden Memorial Library. “All the books we will read come from our foreign language collection, which ranges from hardbacks and level readers to picture books and chapter books.”

Like many outreach programs, Bilingual Storytime in Baden has been temporarily changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help protect families from the spread of the virus, the library has adopted a virtual format to share its collection of foreign language books.

“When we first introduced the program, many homeschooled parents were thrilled because it was a technology-free way to introduce their children to a new language,” Woolstrum said. “During the closures, I continued the program virtually and many of our other families were thrilled to see our Spanish book collection.”

He said that many bilingual parents in the Baden region want to teach their children Spanish from an early age. The library has been able to fulfill this desire to teach a new language with a foreign language book collection, which includes many storybooks in Spanish and Italian.

Parents interested in the program can bring their children to Baden Memorial Library throughout the spring season. Future Story Hours will take place at 1 p.m. on April 14 and May 12.

Garret Roberts is the local public priority reporter for the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and can be followed on Twitter at @ReportedRoberts.

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