Spanish Story Time

Spanish Story Time is a community event organized by CLACS & the Urbana Free Library, since 2006, and funded the U.S. Department of Education. At this event, children and their parents join to participate in Spanish-English bilingual storytelling, music and art. Come with your children to listen the book's storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs and make traditional crafts!

  • Second Saturday of the month from 2:30-3:30 PM
  • The Urbana Free Library, Children's Department, 210 W Green St., Urbana

Abuella by Arthur Dorros

May 11, 2019

Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points out places that they explore together. The exhilaration in Rosalba’s and Abuela's story is magnified by the loving bond that only a grandmother and granddaughter can share.

PABLO NERUDA POET OF THE PEOPLE BY MONICA BROWN

April 13, 2019

Once there was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftalí discovered the magic between the pages of books. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda.

Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved―things made by his friends in the café, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people.

ALL THE WAY TO HAVANA by MARGARITA ENGLE

March 9, 2019

So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM! 

Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights and sounds of the streets―neighbors talking, musicians performing, and beautiful, colorful cars putt-putting and bumpety-bumping along. In the end, though, it’s their old car, Cara Cara, that the boy loves best. A joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation.

​​​​​​MALAIKA'S COSTUME BY NADIA L. HOHN

February 9, 2019

It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved away to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?

Disappointed and upset at her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.