Kendall Young Library introducing bilingual storytime

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Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, Kendall Young Library director, and Rebecca Marshall look through a bilingual edition of “The Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss. The Webster City library is beginning to hold bilingual story times.

WEBSTER CITY — A new bilingual story time started Dec. 1 at the Kendall Young Library in Webster City.

The “Cuentos Bilingues” was held in the lower level of the library, according to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, library director.

“We hope to offer this on a Saturday every other month going forward,” she said.

The program is open to both English- and Spanish-speaking children.

Lubberstedt-Arjes said the library hasd accumulated many Spanish-language books for all ages.

In the children’s department, she said the library has added many Spanish language editions of popular titles.

“The little ones want books to read,” she said. “And they want to read the same books that all of their friends — ‘Wonder’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and others,” she said.

Other Christmas events

The library has several activities planned for the upcoming holiday season for families, adults and children.

On Tuesday, the DIY Club will meet in the lower level meeting room of the library at 6 p.m. This month, the group will be making Christmas ornaments. The group is open to all adults, Lubberstedt-Arjes said.

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to help decorate the children”s department Christmas tree on Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

A “Polar Express” Family Fun Night will be held Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m.

“This should be a really fun night. Wear your pajamas, we’ll have popcorn and hot chocolate and we’ll watch ‘Polar Express,'” Lubberstedt-Arjes said.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will be shown Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Capping off the holiday season will be a present-wrapping party scheduled for Dec. 20. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“This is a great time to wrap presents, away from prying eyes,” she said. “We’ll have wrapping paper, scissors, tape, bows and gift tags.”

She said participants can wrap up to five gifts and there will be holiday music, cookies and hot chocolate served.

For more information on any of the programs, call the library at 515-832-9100.