Upcoming

English-Arabic Storytime

Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center

FREE with RSVP

Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend storytime in the Library at AANM. A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the Library.

For questions, please contact: librarian “at” accesscommunity.org.


Online Storytime

Something Happened in Our Town with Sari Mira

Join host Sari Mira presenting songs and the story Something Happened in Our Town by Drs. Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, narrated in English and Arabic.

A note on content: This story explores sensitive topics of racial injustice and police brutality.

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help them identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Storytime Structure:

Song, We Clap and Sing Salam (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
Song, Arabic Alphabet Song by Little Thinking Minds
Song, We Shall Overcome with ASL
Story, Something Happened in Our Town
Song, Goodbye Song: The More We Get Together 

Something Happened in Our Town resources: 

Reading & discussion guide

Additional diversity education resources


The Proudest Blue with Sari Mira

Join host Sari Mira presenting songs and the story The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhamma, narrated in English and Arabic.

Powerful and vibrantly illustrated, this story is about the first day of school and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab.

Storytime Structure:

Song, We Clap and Sing Salam (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
Song, Arabic Alphabet Song by Little Thinking Minds
Song, If You’re Happy and You Know It
Story, Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan
Story, The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Song, Goodbye Song: The More We Get Together 


The Girl Who Lost Her Smile with Sari Mira

Join host Sari Mira presenting songs and the story The Girl Who Lost Her Smile by Karim Alrawi, narrated in English and Arabic.

In this folktale about uncovering life’s hidden beauty, Jehan wakes one morning and sees that her smile is lost, and tries everything to get it back.

Storytime Structure:

Song, We Clap and Sing Salam (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
Song, Arabic Alphabet Song by Little Thinking Minds
Song, If You’re Happy and You Know It
Story, The Girl Who Lost Her Smile by Karim Alrawi
Song, Goodbye Song: The More We Get Together 

Activity:

Feelings chart coloring page


The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Cham Smadi

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, narrated in Arabic and English by Cham Smadi.

This book follows the caterpillar’s journey through days, foods and numbers as he transforms from egg to very hungry caterpillar to magnificent butterfly.

Activities:


Sitti’s Secrets with Naomi Shihab Nye

Author Naomi Shihab Nye reads her iconic 1994 children’s book Sitti’s Secrets.

In this beautiful picture book about family and love across distance, Mona goes to visit her grandmother, her Sitti, in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. They learn about each other’s worlds and discover each other’s secrets.

Activities:


Elmer’s Weather with Sari Mira

Join host Sari Mira as he leads us into spring with songs and the story Elmer’s Weather by David McKee in English and Arabic.

Meet Elmer, every child’s favorite patchwork elephant. Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, Elmer still finds a way to have fun.

Storytime Structure:

Song, We Clap and Sing Salam (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
Song, Arabic Alphabet Song by Little Thinking Minds
Story, Elmer’s Weather by David McKee
Song/Rhyme, The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Song, Goodbye Song: The More We Get Together 

Activities:

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