Spanish Story Time & Latin American 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! 

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


Starting in May 2020, Spanish Story Time will be presented online via Zoom, due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols.  


Virtual Latin American Story Time: Spanish

Bilingual storytelling of the book "La Luz de Lucía/ Lucy's Light" by Margarita del Mazo.

Saturday, August 22nd from 2:00- 2:30 pm, via Zoom.  Registration required.


- Virtual Latin American Story Time: Quechua! Storytelling in Quechua, English & Spanish. Book "Maria Had a Little Llama / María tenía una llamita" by Angela Dominguez.
     Friday, July 24th via Zoom, 2:00- 2:30 pm.

- First Virtual Latin American Story Time: Portuguese! Bilingual storytelling in English & Portuguese!
     Book "Boa Noite, Lontrinha do Mar / Good Night, Little Sea Otter" by Janet Halfmann.

     Friday, June 26th from 2:00- 2:30 pm, via Zoom.

- Virtual Spanish Story Time! Book: "Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music" by Margarita Engle.
    Friday, May 22nd from 2:30- 2:45 pm, via Zoom.

- First Virtual Spanish Story Time! Book: "Marimba! Animales from A to Z" by Pat Mora.
    Saturday, May 2nd from 2:30- 2:45 pm, via Zoom.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

February 8, 2020

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells a vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own name or origin story.

¿Qué hay en un nombre? Para una niña, su largo nombre cuenta una vibrante historia de dónde vino y quién podría ser algún día.

En su debut como escritora e ilustradora, Juana Martínez-Neal abre una caja de tesoros de descubrimiento para los niños que sienten curiosidad por su propio nombre o por la historia de su origen.

La Luz de Lucía/ Lucy's Light by Margarita del Mazo

March 14, 2020 (cancelled)

Lucy is the youngest member of a family of fireflies. She wants to shine like all the others, but she’s too little. Finally, one night, it’s Lucy’s turn. She can head off to light up the forest, but something is stopping her.

This is a tale all about how important it is to shine as brightly as you can, with the light that we all carry within us and makes us unique.

Lucía es el miembro más joven de una familia de luciérnagas. Quiere brillar como todas las demás, pero es demasiado pequeña. Finalmente, una noche, es el turno de Lucía. Puede dirigirse a iluminar el bosque, pero algo la detiene.

Esta es una historia sobre cuán importante es brillar lo más posible, con la luz que todos llevamos dentro y que nos hace únicos.


Dreamers/ Soñadores by Yuyi Morales

April 11, 2020 (cancelled)

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

Soñadores es un homenaje a los migrantes y a todo lo que traen con ellos, y aportan, cuando dejan sus países. Es una historia de familia. Una historia que nos recuerda que todos somos soñadores que llevamos nuestros propios regalos donde quiera que vayamos. Bella y poderosa en todo momento, pero especialmente de una urgente premura hoy en día en que el futuro de los dreamers es incierto, esta es una historia actual y eterna.