Tag: Children’s Corner

Once upon a time: stories in Spanish (Había una vez : historias en español)

Kristen Gentry shares Spanish storybooks with children in the Children’s Corner on Tuesday, March 13 (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Hollie Ivey, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, the Children’s Corner at the Houston Cole Library offered “Había una vez – Stories in Spanish,” which featured special videos and books read in both Spanish and English.

“This is a place where the kids can celebrate knowing two languages and can read books in Spanish,” said librarian Laurie Heathcock, who organized the event. “This is our first time doing the story time program, but we are going to try and do [the bilingual night] every month”

The Children’s Corner, which was established last year, hopes to promote and encourage cultural education and literacy within the youth community of Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

Kristen Gentry reads a story in Spanish to children and guests at the Houston Cole Library (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Spanish major and Child Development minor Kristen Gentry read two books to the children in attendance, including “Mis Colores, Mi Mundo” and “¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?” (“My Colors, My World” and “What Can You Do with a Paleta?”)

Gentry studied Spanish at The University of Salamanca in Spain and wants to use her proficiency in the Spanish language to help others.

“Parents at home who don’t know English very well can’t help their children like they want to, and it can be hard on daycare workers, but having someone who is bilingual or having a bilingual daycare can help prevent the children from starting school and being behind in class,” Gentry said.

Multiple studies show that there are significant benefits for children who grow up bilingual or are exposed to a second language.

Research published in Psychological Science shows children in multilingual households and children exposed to a second language communicate more efficiently from discerning between different social and speech patterns.

The popular 1947 children’s book “Goodnight Moon,” has been translated into 12 languages, including Spanish (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Bilingual children also excel in problem-solving skills and are better able to filter out distractions, according to a study by Strathclyde University.

Feliza Camarillo, a Spanish major, agrees. “I think it is very important, having a bilingual mind. Your mind works a lot faster than a monolingual person, you can deal with things a lot faster, and it is easier to communicate with people.”

The Children’s Corner will next host JSU music professor Dr. James Woodward on March 27. Woodward, musician and author, will be reading his book “When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town.” Children will have the opportunity to play instruments alongside the reading.

Read this article in Spanish here!

*Hollie Ivey is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish. She will be graduating in May 2018. Dr. Eduardo Pacheco, an associate professor of Spanish at JSU, kindly proofed the Spanish translation of this article before it was printed.*

Había una vez : historias en español (Once upon a time: stories in Spanish)

Kristen Gentry comparte libros de cuentos en español con niños en el Children’s Corner el martes 13 de marzo (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Hollie IveyEscritora del Personal

El martes, el Children’s Corner en la Biblioteca Houston Cole ofreció “Había una vez – Historias en español”, que presentaba videos especiales y libros leídos tanto en español como en inglés.

“Este es un lugar donde los niños pueden celebrar sabiendo dos idiomas y pueden leer libros en español”, dijo la bibliotecaria Laurie Heathcock, que organizó el evento. “Esta es la primera vez que hacemos el programa, pero vamos a intentar hacer [la noche bilingüe] cada mes”

The Children’s Corner, que se estableció el año pasado, espera promover y fomentar la educación cultural y la alfabetización dentro de la comunidad juvenil de Jacksonville y sus alrededores.

Kristen Gentry lee una historia en español para niños y huéspedes de la Biblioteca Houston Cole (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Kristen Gentry, quien se especializa en español y tiene como segunda especialidad el desarrollo infantile, leyó dos libros a los niños que asistieron, entre ellos “Mis Colores, Mi Mundo” y “¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?”

Gentry estudió el español en la Universidad de Salamanca en España y quiere usar su dominio del español para ayudar a los demás.

“Los padres en casa que no saben muy bien inglés no pueden ayudar a sus hijos como quieren, y puede ser difícil para los trabajadores de guardería, pero tener a alguien que sea bilingüe o tener una guardería bilingüe puede ayudar a evitar que los niños comiencen la escuela y estar atrasados en la clase “, dijo Gentry.

Múltiples estudios muestran que existen beneficios significativos para los niños que crecen bilingües o que están expuestos a un segundo idioma.

La investigación publicada en Psychological Science muestra que los niños en hogares plurilingüe y los niños expuestos a un segundo idioma se comunican de manera más eficiente a partir del discernimiento entre los diferentes patrones sociales y del habla.

El popular libro infantil de 1947 “Buenas Noches, Luna” se ha traducido a 12 idiomas, incluido el español (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Los niños bilingües también se destacan en las habilidades de resolución de problemas y son más capaces de filtrar las distracciones, según un estudio de la Universidad de Strathclyde.

Feliza Camarillo, una estudiante de español, está de acuerdo. “Creo que es muy importante tener una mente bilingüe. Tu mente funciona mucho más rápido que una persona monolingüe, puedes manejar las cosas mucho más rápido y es más fácil comunicarse con la gente “.

El próximo evento de Children’s Corner ofrecerá el profesor de música JSU Dr. James Woodward el 27 de marzo. Woodward, músico y autor, leerá su libro “Cuando Rebecca Woogie llegó a la ciudad”. Los niños tendrán la oportunidad de tocar instrumentos junto con la lectura.

¡Lee este artículo en español aquí!

*Hollie Ivey tiene una especialización en relaciones públicas con un menor en español. Ella se graduará en mayo de 2018. Profesor Edu-ardo Pacheco, profesor asociado de español en JSU, amablemente a prueba la traducción al español de este artículo antes de que se imprimiera.*

Children’s books for Black History Month

Amari Pearson and Laurie Heathcock show off children’s books for Black History Month in the Children’s Corner on February 13 (Rebekah Hawkins/The Chanticleer).

Rebekah Hawkins, Special to the Chanticleer


Five books sat posed on the stage that sits in the Children’s Corner of Houston Cole Library.

Every Tuesday is storytime in the Corner and librarian Laurie Heathcock says that although it’s a new thing, she hopes it will take off soon.

“We just finished the Children’s Corner not too long ago,” Heathcock said. “It’s a great chance for both the JSU students to read and the children who are read to.”

JSU students can volunteer or be invited to read to the children each week. Heathcock says Cocky has made a visit with the cheerleaders and that the JSU soccer and softball teams are scheduled to make an appearance.

Sophomore Amari Pearson made her second visit to the Children’s Corner for the special Black History Month reading.

“I got involved because I like kids,” Pearson said. “Kids like to find people that they can look up to, and when people read to them they can learn.”

Both Heathcock and Pearson took turns reading the four loose biographies and West African legend that made the book list for the week.

Heathcock says she has other special events scheduled for the children’s corner including a bilingual storytime in March. She says there will be movies in Spanish and English as well as readings.

“Children have so much distraction with technology now,” Heathcock said. “It’s important for children to not just read but to be read to. It helps with vocabulary and social skills and imagination. Plus I learn a lot from the books too.”

For Pearson it’s about helping to expose children to different cultures and ideas.

“It’s all part of history,” She said. “What got us here, different cultures and people. It keeps up realizing where we came from and why we’re all here.”

Find all the stories at the Black History Month storytime below:


20180213_194254.jpgBad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves Deputy, US Marshal by Vaunda Nelson

This biography tells the true story of Bass Reeves a former slave who became a deputy US Marshal and remained one for 32 years.






Ananse and the Lizard by Pat Cummings

A West African legend about a spider named Ananse who seeks to become chief by learning the name of the chief’s daughter in order to marry her. When he accidentally discovers the name, he shares it with a lizard only to be betrayed.




20180213_194319.jpgMartin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

A biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and the words that he used from when he was young to when he became a minister and changed the world for the people that followed him.






Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow by Gary Golio20180213_194219.jpg

A loose biography of musician Jimi Hendrix as he grew up in the boarding house drawing and learning how to play music.






20180213_194301.jpgBarack Obama: Son of Promise Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes

Young David sees a video of Barack Obama and asks his mother who he is. His mother spins a tale of the life of Barack Obama from his beginnings in Hawaii as Barry to his presidency in the present.





*All photos by Rebekah Hawkins/The Chanticleer*

Storytime success at Children’s Corner


Cocky and the JSU cheerleaders show off their Fear the Beak signs with the help of the children who attended the library’s inaugural storytime in the Children’s Corner (photo by the Jacksonville State University Houston Cole Library/Facebook).

Brannon Cahela, Staff Writer


Tuesday, January 23 marked the first ever Children’s Corner story time on the fifth floor of the Houston Cole Library.

A group of children and parents listened, laughed and clapped along as JSU’s cheerleaders read them titles selected by fifth floor librarian Mrs. Laurie Heathcock.

Houston Cole’s Children’s Corner was opened in October 2017. Formerly inhabited by old reference books and shelves, Heathcock decided the space would better be used as a fun area where children could come to read and relax.

The first guest readers at Houston Cole Library’s Children’s Corner were the JSU cheerleaders and Cocky. There were many laughs and smiles by all in attendance as the cheerleaders got to take time to meet with the children before story time began.

“It’s an honor to be asked to read to these children,” said cheer captain Carlee Waits. “It’s amazing to be seen as a mentor and a role model to these kids. As a cheerleader, complete strangers know who I am, and it’s great to represent the university in a positive way.”

Head cheerleading coach R.J. Conroy was also there to show his support for the new children’s reading program at Houston Cole.

“This is a great way to show these kids the importance of reading, which is something we’ve kind of gotten away from,” Conroy said. “This is just a great way to share with the community something new going on at JSU”

Stephen and Jennifer Craig, JSU alumni, brought their daughter Ella to the event after reading about it in The Anniston Star.

“I think it’s great that athletes are giving back to the community in a way that makes these kids so happy,” said Jennifer.

It not only brings joy to the children to have such strong role models read to them.

“It just really put smiles on all of our faces the way these kids look up to us,” said cheerleader Dayleigh Dorsett..

The first installment of story time at Houston Cole Children’s corner was certainly a success, but Laurie Heathcock has big plans for the space’s future.

“We would love partner up with local public libraries to provide them with more space to do their summer reading programs,” Heathcock said. “It would be amazing if we could bring in children’s authors and illustrators to meet and interact with the kids.”

If you are interested in being a reader at Children’s Corner, please contact Laurie Heathcock through her e-mail at lheathcock@jsu.edu or give her a call at (256) 782-5245.

Heathcock said she would love to see fraternities and sororities volunteer to read, so if your Greek organization needs community service projects, contact her immediately.

While Children’s Corner is a celebration of childhood literature, it also a colorful refuge from the grey dullness of the rest of the library. If you’re sick of staring at your anatomy textbook, head over to Children’s Corner and enjoy the colorful murals and beanbag chairs.


Library opens children’s corner for JSU’s littlest Gamecocks


The Children’s Corner on the 5th floor of the Houston Cole Library is a child-friendly area with puppets, activities and children’s stories. (photo via Jacksonville State Admissions/Facebook)

Brittany Robertson, Staff Writer

On October 25, Jacksonville State University’s Houston Cole Library hosted the grand opening of a new, colorful addition to its 5th floor.

The Children’s Corner Reading Room is an energizing, colorful area designed to foster a love of literature and reading, and to promote literacy for children. Dean of the Library John-Bauer Graham hopes that the new space will open up the library and change the stereotype of the library being a quiet space.

“We want the library to be a place of gathering,” Graham said. “Most students, they know about the lobby and the 12th floor. They grab their coffee and then go up to study, but they don’t interact with the other floors. So, we want this space to draw students in to explore our library, and become the hub of the campus. We want the library to be the heart of this institution.”

The full project took a year and a few months to complete. Students volunteered to help finish the project. Project Coordinator and Education Librarian Laurie Heathcock started the project with the students and children of the community in mind. With shelves full of bright books, and puppets ready for a show, Heathcock’s vision is now a reality.

“I wanted to provide a space for the children here on campus. We have the preschool here so we think this will be a great space for them. We had a lot of volunteer help and I have great ideas for student involvement. We have sororities wanting to do read-alouds, and we are wanting to invite the international students to tell stories from their homes,” Heathcock said.

The children’s corner features a mural that was designed and painted by JSU students (photo via Jacksonville State Admissions/Facebook)

The room is open to everyone, even students. What makes the space different from the author events held in the past is that those events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Students have eagerly embraced the new space.

“I think it’s a great idea because it gives a sense of relief to the hard academics we face in college,” sophomore Erin Snow said.

In addition to weekly read-alouds, the library facility will host book readings and signings by children’s authors and illustrators, present community speakers to share with children on a variety of topics and serve as a space for theater, arts and crafts, and many other types of creative children’s programs.

“I want this space to be like a home away from home for students,” Heathcock said.

First Lady Dr. Pam Beehler reads a story to guests at the grand opening of the Children’s Corner on Wednesday, October 25 (photo via Jacksonville State Admissions/Facebook).