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Donations Make Outreach to Non-English-Speaking Communities Possible

At every Madison Public Library storytime, librarians who have been trained in early literacy techniques for children ages 0-5 share tips and model behaviors that any parent and caregiver can use at home with their child on a regular basis. The eight youth services librarians at Madison Public Library reach thousands of parents and caregivers each year, but there are still thousands more to reach. It is especially difficult for librarians to share messages about literacy with the Spanish language community and other non-English-speaking communities, as language can be a major barrier.
 
Funded by a Madison Public Library Foundation grant, the Community Liaisons project is a new way to reach out to those communities. Three liaisons have been selected and trained in early literacy techniques and strategies. They will work with library staff to offer programs in three Madison schools with bilingual or dual immersion programs, and several community organizations and daycare settings. Just launched in November, the program will continue through the remaining school year.
 
Liaison Kimchi Moda will serve the Hmong community through a partnership with Lakeview Elementary School’s new Developmental Bilingual Education program, while liaisons Barbara Alvarado and Rissel Sanderson will serve the Spanish-speaking community through partnerships with Falk and Sandburg elementary schools, as well as other partner organizations and daycare centers. Each liaison will conduct up to 10 storytimes at the locations they have been paired with, working closely with classroom educators, children and their families. In addition, 12 Spanish-language storytime kits were developed to provide liaisons with an easily portable set of materials to take to each storytime.
 
Two upcoming events are open to the public:
 
Fiesta de Frida!
• Hawthorne Library, Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m.–noon
• Meadowridge Library, Saturday, January 13, 3–4:30 p.m.
 
Drop in and celebrate Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with songs, food and activities. Self-portraits created by students in Sandburg and Falk 4K bilingual classrooms will be on display. Special circle times at 11:30 a.m. (Hawthorne) and 4 p.m. (Meadowridge). Intended for preschoolers through second grade.
 
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