Councilwoman King Sweeney and Town Clerk Cabana Host Bilingual Story Time at Freeport Public Library

Published On: 2018-07-18 15:45:18
Sweeney and Cabana read...

Issued by: Council Member Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana were proud to host Hempstead Town’s first Bilingual Story Time or Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües today at the Freeport Library. The officials read the same story aloud - Councilwoman King Sweeney reading it in English and Town Clerk Cabana reading it in Spanish. Additionally, each child was able to choose a book to bring home from a collection that has been donated by The Book Fairies and local libraries. The Book Fairies is a non-profit organization located in Freeport that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York.

“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.

“I’m so happy to have kicked off our first Bilingual Story Time at Freeport Library, and I look forward to future story times at libraries throughout Hempstead Town,” concluded King Sweeney. “I would like to thank the many libraries, as well as The Book Fairies, for donating books for this enriching program.”

The Bilingual Story Time/Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües, which is open to children of all ages, will be visiting the Wantagh Library located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh on Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m., and the Seaford Library located at 2234 Jackson Avenue in Seaford on Thursday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m.