Latin American Story Time is a community event organized by CLACS and the Urbana Free Library since 2006, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. At this event, children and their parents participate in bilingual storytelling and traditional music and art. While the story times are most commonly in Spanish-English or Portuguese-English, they are also held in less common language such as Quechua. 

Latin American Story Time typically takes place at 2:00-3:00 PM on the second Saturday of each month during the academic year (September through May), at the Urbana Free Library.

Please check the CLACS Event Calendar for future scheduled story times. Previous story times are listed below:



  • February 11th, 2023: Guarani reading
  • March 11th, 2023: Portuguese reading
  • April 8th, 2023: Quechua reading


  • February 12th, 2022: Spanish/English reading
  • March 12th, 2022: Quechua/Spanish/English reading
  • April 9th, 2022: Portuguese/English reading
  • May 14th, 2022: Spanish/English reading of Rescatando palabras / Digging for Words, by Angela Burke Kunkel


  • February 13th, 2021: Quechua/English reading of ¿Uchuy kanichu? / Am I Small?, by Philipp Winterberg
  • March 13th, 2021: Spanish/English reading of Across the Bay, by Carlos Aponte
  • April 10th, 2021: Portuguese/English reading of Eu adoro comer frutas e vegetais / I Love to Eat Fruits and Vegetables, by Shelley Admont
  • May 8th, 2021: Spanish/English reading
  • September 18th, 2021: Spanish/English reading
  • November 13th, 2021: Portuguese/English reading


  • May 2nd, 2020: Spanish/English reading of Marimba! Animales from A to Z, by Pat Mora
  • May 22nd, 2020: Spanish/English reading of Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, by Margarita Engle
  • June 26th, 2020: Portuguese/English reading of Boa Noite, Lontrinha do Mar / Good Night, Little Sea Otter, by Janet Halfmann
  • July 24th, 2020: Quechua/Spanish/English reading of Maria Had a Little Llama / María tenía una llamita, by Angela Dominguez
  • August 22nd, 2020: Spanish/English reading of La Luz de Lucía / Lucy's Light, by Margarita del Mazo
  • October 24th, 2020: Guarani/Spanish/English reading of Canta, rana, canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing, traditional folksong, illustrated by Carolyn Dee Flores
  • November 21st, 2020: Spanish/English reading of Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos / Planting Story: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar