Bilingual Storytime in the Bay Area & Beyond
We are big fans of storytime at local libraries and bookstores! It was a favorite pastime (pre-COVID), especially when our little ones hadn't yet started school... bilingual reading, singing, dancing, with some arts & crafts sprinkled in; our kids would look forward to it every week!
Around the Bay Area, we are very fortunate to have many offerings in Spanish and Chinese (and other languages!) Unfortunately, many have paused due to the pandemic. But there are a few libraries that are offering virtual options, and for those who are comfortable incorporating a little screen time, we created a list (so you don’t have to dig through websites for all the information). We also included a few locations outside the Bay Area. We hope it is useful!
When things open up and in-person storytimes begin again, we will update this list and share it with you!
And if you have any others you have identified that you think we should add to this list, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We always love hearing from you all.
|Library||Language||Frequency||Day||Time (PT)||Where Hosted|
|Santa Clara||SP/EN||Weekly||Thursday||11:00AM||FB Page|
|San Francisco||SP/EN||Weekly||Thursday||11:00AM||FB Page|
1-2x / mo
|San Leandro||SP||2x / mo||Tuesday||10:30AM||Register|
M, W, Th, F
|Library||Full list||Spanish-specific stories|
|San Jose||Wee Share Stories|
|Marin||MCFL Storytime at Home|
|New York, NY||NYPL Multilingual Storytimes|
|Seattle, WA||Virtual Spanish Storytime||All are in Spanish|
|Library||Language||Frequency||Day||Time (PT)||Where hosted|
|Santa Clara County||Mandarin/EN||Weekly||Fri||11:00AM||FB Page|
|2x / mo (1st, 3rd wk)
2x / mo (2nd, 4th wk)
|San Leandro||Mandarin||Monthly (2nd wk)||Sat||10:00AM||Register|
Some libraries (e.g. Seattle, Queens) have pre-recorded their weekly storytimes. Some of the links below have a mix of English, Chinese and other languages, so you may have to scroll to access the Chinese. We have linked both their full list and some specific examples here!
|Library||Full list||Chinese-specific stories|
|Seattle, WA||Virtual Mandarin Storytime||All are in Chinese|
|Minneapolis, MN||Mandarin Bilingual Storytime with Miao||All are in Chinese|
|Queens, NY||Queens Library FB (search for Chinese storytime)||Some examples:
Bilingual Chinese Storytime with Cecilia and Mary Lynn
Bilingual Chinese Storytime with Ms. Tsai
Chinese Music Appreciation: Pipa with Zhou Yi