SAINT PAUL, MN - Saint Paul Public Library will offer world language storytimes in Spanish at various library locations this summer.
"Many people may not know that the best way to learn a new language is to first strengthen one's own native language," said Erika Vázquez, Spanish storytime presenter at Saint Paul Public Library. "Native language skills and literacy are vital to the attainment of bilingual speaking ability and give children a sense of pride and cultural connection."
Storytime in Spanish is an opportunity for parents, siblings, and other caregivers to spend time with their children engaging in a universally fun activity. World language storytimes are designed for children who speak Spanish at home and their parents or caregivers, as well as organizations serving children and families.
Storytimes offer a valuable listening and pre-reading experience for children of all ages and support early literacy, which has been shown to be vitally important for a child's future and aid later school achievement.
Hora de cuentos/Spanish Storytimes are designed for children ages 2 and up to help families or caregivers get children ready to read. Saint Paul Public Library also offers world language storytimes in Hmong, Somali and English.
World Language Spanish Storytimes at Saint Paul Public Library:
Sun Ray Library, Mondays, 11 a.m.
2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, 651-501-6300
Riverview Library, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
1 E. George St., St. Paul, 651-292-6626
West Seventh Library, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
265 Oneida St., St. Paul, 651-298-5516
Arlington Hills Library, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, 651-793-3930
Please visit www.sppl.org  for more information.