Unidos—Charlas de libros para niños y padres
The New York Council for the Humanities’ Unidos—Charlas de libros para niños y padres (formerly Dual Language Together) program offers a unique forum for bilingual (Spanish and English) parents and their 9- to 11-year-old children to come together to talk about books and ideas at their local library. Building on the success of Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents, Unidos reaches out to New York State’s linguistically and culturally diverse families who may not otherwise be able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the program.
Many families who speak English as a second language are unable to use their native languages to support their children’s reading. Unidos gives libraries the tools to introduce and reinforce the pleasure of engaged reading through bilingual reading and discussion.
Each of the six 90-minute Unidos sessions is co-facilitated in English and Spanish by a librarian and a humanities scholar from the local community. The sessions focus on picture books and novels that deal with key themes in American life such as courage and freedom. All of the books are provided in both languages, and participants are invited to speak in either English or Spanish, according to their preference. Because everyone in the group speaks English and Spanish, and because both facilitators are fluent in both languages, all voices are valued and language and culture become the context for reading and talking about critical issues related to everyday life. Any library in New York State that has a bilingual librarian or qualified staff person (see Common Questions) is eligible to host an Unidos series.
For more information on hostin an Unidos seriees, please contact Michael Washburn, Director of Programs via email here or at 212-233-1131.
This project is supported by the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.