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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.*

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.