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Bilingual Storytime and Library Outreach is a six week online course presented by Katie Scherrer and offered by the Library of Virginia with funds from the Institute for Museums and Library Service, IMLS, ( This courses teaches participants how to present bilingual storytimes for various ages.

The course shares ideas from Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish, as well as techniques that Ms. Scherrer has successfully used in her six years of bilingual programming. In this course, participants gain practical ideas and increased confidence that will aid them as they work to include Latino culture and the Spanish language in their storytime programs, regardless of language skills. Techniques and modifications for storytime practitioners who do not speak Spanish are shared throughout the course.

Course Outline
Week 1: Reaching Out to Latino and Spanish-Speaking Families
Week 2: Relationships and Marketing
Week 3: Introducing Bilingual Storytime
Week 4: Bilingual Storytime Essentials: Books and Storytelling
Week 5: Bilingual Storytime Essentials: Music, Rhymes and Fingerplays
Week 6:Storytime Extensions

Final Assignments

Participants complete the "Abridged Outreach Plan" assignment by the end of Week 2. The guide for completing this plan is provided in Week 1.

Participants complete a real "Community Leader Interview" and submit a synopsis of what they learned through this process by the end of the class. Participants will use the "Community Leader Interview Guide" provided in Week 1 as a tool for this interview, though all are welcome to adjust and tailor the questions asked to your own specific needs. The synopsis includes the name and contact information for the person interviewed, the date and location of the interview, and a summary of what was discovered through the interview process, particularly noting how what was learned matched up with the "Abridged Outreach Plan" completed in the beginning of the course (for example, did you learn anything new about the Latino community, did you discover opportunities for short or long term partnerships, etc.).

Participants submit a storytime plan by the end of the class. The template for creating this storytime plan is provided in Week 3.

My career in libraries was largely focused on serving Latino and Spanish-speaking families, first at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH) and then at the Lexington Public Library (KY). I have been presenting bilingual storytime programs and early literacy workshops for Spanish-speaking parents since 2006. I have been an active member of Reforma (an ALA affiliate) since that time at both the local and national levels. I served as a member of the Pura Belpré committee, and the Reforma representative on the ALSC Great Websites for Kids committee. I began working independently in 2012, providing consulting services for libraries, online and in-person training, programs and performances and a variety of other projects that come my way.

This is an online course offered using the Moodle Platform. Week one of the course content will be made available on October 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. but you do not need to be at a computer at that time. You have a week to work on the course and submit assignments. The course officially ends on November 11, 2016.

The online course requires a user name and password which will be sent to you about prior to Introduction to Moodle course.

If you have not yet taken a Moodle course from the Library of Virginia you will be required to take a two session Introduction to Moode course. Introduction to Moodle is free - the purpose is to make you familiar with Moodle and to ensure that all security glitches are taken care of before the course begins.

Reading for the course
Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Scherrer

We will provide one book to Virginia Library staff at no cost. Others will be charge an additional $20.00 to cover the cost of course materials.

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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Enid Costley or 804.692.3765 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Why are you asking for my address - we provide course materials for the online course. For this course we send to people in Virginia the books "Read to Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English" and "Serving Latino Communities".

DO I HAVE to take introduction to Moodle? - You only have to take Introduction to Moodle one time...but yes you do need to take Introduction to Moodle. It truly makes your learning experience on the course go a lot smoother. It is a check to make sure the computer systems play nice with each other.

Will I get a certificate for the course? Yes - certificates as well as e-badges will be sent to your email address. We will award 18 hours for this course.

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