On February 2, 2017, Humanities Texas kicked off Texas Storytime, our family reading program series developed in partnership with libraries across the state. Focusing on early childhood literacy and support of parents and caregivers, we have initiated two pilot programs in Austin at the St. John Branch of the Austin Public Library and in Midland at the Downtown Branch of the Midland County Public Library.

The St. John Branch programs take place on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The Midland County Library programs are held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings. During both programs' six-week series, storytellers present dynamic, bilingual-friendly readings featuring books by Texas writers or that emphasize Texas cultures. Additionally, literacy-focused activities for parents and caregivers encourage families to make reading and visits to the library a regular part of their routines. At all events, participants receive complimentary refreshments and copies of the program books to read at home.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 512.440.1991 or email

The second week of Texas Storytime at the St. John Branch Library featured What Can You Do with a Paleta? / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? and What Can You Do With a Rebozo?/¿Qué Puedes Hacer con un Rebozo? Storyteller Adam Martinez read both books by Carmen Tafolla to the audience of families and then led entertaining activities inspired by the stories.