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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Let’s Go to the Library!

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities and to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

Did you know September is Library Card Signup Month? This week, let’s celebrate how much we love our libraries by learning some common Spanish words we use when we visit our local library! 

The following list is a great introduction to some of the most common words we use when we visit the library.  Sound them out and try to practice them whenever you can! 

  1. The Library – (la) biblioteca (beeblyohtehkah) 
  2. Library cardtarjeta de biblioteca (tahrhehtah deh bee-blyohteh-kah ) 
  3. Librarianbibliotecario(a) – (bee-blyohteh-kah-ryoh) 
  4. Book(s) – libro(s) (leebroh) 
  5. Read – leer (lehehr)          
  6. Title – título (teetooloh) 
  7. Author – el autor, la autora (ow-tohr) 
  8. Check out – sacar (sahkahr) 
  9. Return – devolver (deh-bohl-behr) 
  10. Renew – renovar (rrehnohbahr)

Common Phrases and Questions: 
Now that you’ve learned some library-related words, let’s practice using them in conversation. 

  • Let’s go to the library! – ¡Vamos a la biblioteca! 
  • Do you like to read? – ¿Te gusta leer?  
  • I love to readMe encanta leer 
  • Did you enjoy that book? ¿Te gustó ese libro? 
  • It was funnyFue gracioso 
  • I didn’t like itNo me gustó  
  • I loved itMe encantó 
  • Who is your favorite author? ¿Quién es tu autor favorito? 
  • How many books may I take out? – ¿Cuántos libros puedo sacar? 
  • I would like to check out these books pleaseMe gustaría sacar estos libros por favor                                  


Suggested Reading:

Mi Primera Visita A La Biblioteca / My first visit to the Library by Greg Roza 

Who better to take you on your first visit to the library than the head librarian herself! Lucky for Jayla, that person is her very own aunt, and you can join her as she gets to see all of the wonderful things there are to do.   Available from Hoopla 

Reglas En La Biblioteca / Rules at the Library by Dwayne Hicks 

Like most places we visit, school libraries have rules too and it’s important that we know and understand their value. With fun and engaging illustrations, this story will demonstrate all of the fun things there are to do and learn at the library while reminding us how to be respectful of others, wait our turn, and clean up after ourselves. Available from Hoopla

Buenos Modales En La Biblioteca / Good Manners at the Library by Gloria Santos 

Everyone is welcome at the library! Children will enjoy following along on a trip to the local library while learning how best to behave and ensure that everyone has a great time. Available from Hoopla 

A Trip To The Library / De Visita En La Biblioteca by Eduardo Alamán
This bilingual nonfiction title will introduce kids to how libraries works! They’ll learn how to ask for help, find the perfect book and check it out, and that once they’re done and have returned them there are many more wonderful ones to explore. Available from Hoopla 

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog all about libraries! We hope you’ll visit your local library soon and remember some of the words we learned today. And if you don’t have a library card already, well, there’s no better time to sign up for one than today We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta La Vista!  



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.