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Ask your local library about story times and you'll find a wide variety from lapsits to toddler time. But Grand Island Public Library is doing something truly unique.
It's a bilingual story time - held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of February, March and April.
It's designed for kids in preschool through third grade. And a response to the continually diverse group of patrons at the Grand Island Public Library.
Librarian Celine Swan says she wants to make sure even the non-English speakers are able to take part in the "Every Child Ready to Read" program-which incorporates talking, singing, reading, writing and playing to help promote and improve pre-readers.
Each week there's a story read out loud, then crafts, playtime and even music.
"I think it's so important that kids that are not English speaking continue to speak their native language, but also get excited about learning English and making those connections. and when kids are little, it's so easy for them to learn more than one language, and so it's just a really good opportunity for everyone," said Swan.
Swan says both the non-English and English speaking children will benefit learning new words from new languages and hopefully making new friends.
The next bilingual story time is this Saturday (Feb. 16th) at 10:15 a.m. in the Grand Island Public Library's Bookingham Palace.
Then on March 2nd, there's a special bilingual Dr. Seuss story time.
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