On Tuesday, May 21, your library’s Bilingual Family Math and Science Storytime (MASST) resumes every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. through the end of June. The program introduces math and science to children ages 3-5 years through age appropriate stories and simple activities. All stories are presented in English and Spanish, so children are learning another language alongside math and science concepts. The sessions are led by area teacher Mar Carter.
Youth Services Manager Betty Cobb explains that one of the library’s goals in hosting this unique program is “to help children have an easier time adjusting to an English-speaking environment and to get a head start on learning math and science concepts,” both of which will help them as they enter kindergarten. And, she says, this also applies to English-speaking parents who want to introduce their children to a second language early.
The program is also meant to accommodate more Spanish-speaking families and draw them into the library. Betty says, “The library is a place where anyone in the community is welcome and can find needed resources. We want our children’s storytimes to reflect that.” Storytimes are well-situated to serve as social spaces where English- and Spanish-speaking parents come together over the shared value of wanting the best for their children.
For more information on MASST and other children’s programs, email Betty Cobb or call 423-434-4458. Learn more about your library’s other bilingual services, such as our weekly Spanish-Inglés Conversation, by calling 423-434-4454.
El martes, 21 de mayo, se reanudan los cuentos bilingües de matemáticas y ciencias para la familia (MASST) de la biblioteca, nos reuniremos todos los martes de 6 a 7 p.m. Hasta finales de junio. El programa presenta matemáticas y ciencias a los niños de 3 a 5 años de edad a través de historias apropiadas para su edad y actividades simples. Todas las historias se presentan en inglés y español, por lo que los niños aprenden otro idioma junto con los conceptos de matemáticas y ciencias. Las sesiones son dirigidas por la profesora de área Mar Carter.