Bilingual Storytime in the Bay Area & Beyond
[VIRTUAL edition]




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 (info@habbihabbi.com)! We always love hearing from you all.

SPANISH 

 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
Oakland SP/EN Weekly Wednesday 11:00AM FB Page
Redwood City

SP Stories
SPStories&Crafts

Weekly
1-2x / mo
Monday
Saturday

11:00AM 
10:15AM

Library Site
San Leandro SP 2x / mo Tuesday 10:30AM Register
Portland, OR SP Weekly Wednesday 5:00PM Register
Austin, TX SP Daily

M, W, Th, F
Tu

8:00AM
4:00PM
Register
Some libraries (e.g. San Jose Public Library, Marin County) have pre-recorded their weekly storytimes. Some of the links below have a mix of English, Spanish and other languages, so you may have to scroll to access the Spanish. We have linked both their full list and some of our favorite Spanish stories here! 

Library Full list Spanish-specific stories
San Jose Wee Share Stories 

El ratoncito, la fresa roja y madura y el gran oso hambriento
Una avestruz con mucha luz
La llama llama rojo pijama

Marin MCFL Storytime at Home

Cuentos y canciones #3
Cuentos y canciones #4
Cuentos y canciones #5

New York, NY NYPL Multilingual Storytimes

Spanish Storytime: Aimé Casillas
Spanish/English Storytime: Victoria Ferrer
Spanish/English Storytime: Ruth Rodriguez

Seattle, WA Virtual Spanish Storytime All are in Spanish

 

 CHINESE 

 Library Language Frequency Day Time (PT) Where hosted
Santa Clara County Mandarin/EN Weekly Fri 11:00AM FB Page
San Francisco

Cantonese/EN
Mandarin/EN

2x / mo (1st, 3rd wk)
2x / mo (2nd, 4th wk)
Wed 11:00AM FB Page
San Leandro Mandarin Monthly (2nd wk) Sat 10:00AM Register
Portland, OR Mandarin Weekly Sun 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