Bilingual storytime helps kids get past fear of learning second language
A local library is giving kids an opportunity to get past the fear of learning a second language and overcoming communication barriers later in life.
Bilingual storytelling is being offered every other Saturday at the Hastings Public Library. The program was re–introduced after Spanish story time at the museum ended.
Organizers said kids retain new languages easier, they're eager to learn, and it will help them connect better with people along the way.
"It's basically to open up their world and everyone's world," said Hastings Public Library Assistant Angela Blankenbaker. "Just a new way of thinking. So many people think 'oh I can't learn a second language'. but really with these basic steps of the songs and fun books we have at the library it really changes things."
The Hastings Public library will continue the program as long as there's a want and need for it, with hopes of adding other multicultural books in the future.