Issued by: Council Member Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana
Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana have announced that they will be holding Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües or Bilingual Story Time at the Freeport Library on Tuesday, July 17th at 2 p.m. The officials will be reading the same story aloud- Councilwoman King Sweeney will read it in English and Town Clerk Cabana will read it in Spanish. Additionally, each child will get to choose a book to bring home from a collection that has been donated by local libraries.
“Literacy in children is critically important. It is the foundation for doing well in school, socializing with others and developing independence,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “I am so happy to have worked with Town Clerk Cabana to develop this program that will help promote bilingual literacy.”
“Hempstead Town is extremely diverse and we have a large Spanish-speaking population,” noted Town Clerk Cabana. “I am proud to acknowledge the important role that Hispanics have in our communities by working on programs that will support and uplift those for whom English is a second language.”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. More than 1 in 3 American children start Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read. Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to learn to read. Children who enter school with these skills have an advantage that carries with them throughout their school years.
The first Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües/Bilingual Story Time, which is open to children of all ages, will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at the Freeport Library (144 West Merrick Road, Freeport).