Monday, August 18, 2008

Share Your Stories!

  • Have you implemented any services or programs @ your library especially for your Spanish speaking patrons? Were your efforts successful?
  • Have you changed anything @ your library to help your Spanish speaking patrons?
  • Have you changed the way you market your library for your Spanish speaking patrons?
  • Have you seen an increase in Spanish speaking patrons @ your library? This article from the Sun Herald shows a large increase in Mississippi.

Click "comments" below this post and let us hear from you!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Spanish Language Programming Resources

The Hennipen County Library System (Minneapolis, Minnesota, area with 41 branches!) shares files with fellow librarians through their Extranet: "Welcome to Hennepin County Library's extranet. Here we offer a sampling of resources from our staff intranet and public website to the broader library community. We welcome your comments and suggestions."
I'm sharing the link with you because there are several files dealing with Story Times to Spanish speaking patrons and even a presentation from the Spanish Language and Literacy Conference, held January 26, 2007 - World Language Storytimes – Bernie Farrell, presenter. These are worth taking a look! Thank you, HCLS, for sharing!

Friday, March 14, 2008

OLOS Diversity Fair Scholarship

Remember hearing about the Spanish Language Outreach Program’s Diversity Fair Scholarship at the workshop you attended? WebJunction is offering a scholarship for one workshop participant and one trainer to attend ALA and present at the OLOS Diversity Fair this June in Anaheim. Additional details are available here. The application is very simple and the deadline for applying is 4/11/08. Read about the winning entry from 2007. Apply. Represent Mississippi in Anahein at ALA!

The scholarship will cover:

  • - 3 days hotel stay
  • - Airfare
  • - Conference fees
  • - Meals
  • - Materials for making display

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Recommended Books in Spanish

Barahona Center for Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (from California State University at San Marcos) has a website that recommends Spanish language books by age, country setting, publisher and publication date, Dewey number, even author, illustrator, and translator. I entered "8th grade-12th grade, USA," and did not enter any other criteria; I got a list 182 titles with ISBN, catalog information, where it was reviewed, and a picture of the front cover when available. WOW!

This is the website link for recommended books in English about Latinos. It works the same way; I entered "1st grade to 6th grade, and USA," I got 415 titles!

You have to check out these sites!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kids@Your Library Toolkit has Spanish Translations

This link has Top 10 Things for Kids to Do @ Your Library in Spanish, as well as public service announcements in Spanish.
If anyone has found information that will be helpful to the group of participants, let us know and we will post it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Biloxi - January 29, 2008

This workshop was hosted by the Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library, Biloxi; a great group concerned about service to all of their multi-cultural communities.

Again, a great group, great food, and GREAT ideas!

Hard at work, planning!

One of the resources discussed at this workshop was MIRA! (Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance). Their web address is They are very interested in working with Mississippi libraries.
Also discussed...the WebJunction webinars. Check out this page for In Depth Webinars pertaining to the Spanish Language Outreach Program. There are live webinars planned and archived webinars that you can view at any time. A great resource, not only for the Spanish Language Outreach Program, but library information in general.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pontotoc - January 17, 2008

A great group, a beautiful library, and wonderful food. Cranberry scones, what a way to start a meeting! This enthusiastic group left the workshop with Community Leaders and program ideas in mind.
Word of mouth marketing works, just make sure the right people know what is going on @ your library and the word will get out.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Print Resources available from MLC

Here is a list of print resources that were recently added to MLC's collection is support of this series of workshops. These titles (and more) are available via ILL - just checkout the catalog for more information.

  1. Hispanic marketing: a cultural perspective by Felipe Korzenny (658.8 K85)

  2. Hispanic Marketing & public relations: understanding and targeting America's largest minority edited by Elena del Valle. (658.8 H673)

  3. Libros esenciales: building, marketing, and programming a core collection of Spanish language children's materials by Tim Wadham. (025.2 W122)

  4. Marketing to American Latinos: a guide to the in-culture approach, part 2 by Isabel Valdes (658.8 V145)

  5. Marketing to American Latinos: a guide to the in-culture approach, part 1 by Isabel Valdes (658.834 V145)

  6. The Pura Belpre Awards: celebrating Latino authors and illustrators edited by Rose Zertuche Trevino (810.9868 P868)

  7. Serving Latino communities: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians by Camila A. Alire (027.63 A412 2007)

  8. The whole enchilada: Hispanic marketing 101 by Juan Faura (658.8 F265 2004)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Some Links I Mentioned

At our previous workshops, several items were mentioned that I wanted to follow up with you.

To order the Citizenship Toolkit, follow the below link. The first copy is free to public libraries. Additional copies may be ordered for $50.00 each.

At the Pearl workshop, I referred to the term, "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants." This is a very interesting article, particularly for people who work with children. Click on the link below and select these two articles, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants and Do They REALLY Think Differently?

The link below will provide a downloadable guide geared to teaching seniors how to access on-line health information. It could easily be adapted for Spanish language computer classes.

Finally, I have a Microsoft document that lists 52 ways to use your library. The 52 ways are in English and Spanish. If you would like a copy, send me an e-mail @ and I'll forward it to you.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Beyond borders

There are not many media outlets available in MS that are intended solely for the Hispanic or Latino community. Several print sources and a radio station have ceased production. There is still one easily identifiable print source remaining, La Noticia, that is published in Ridgeland, MS. You can connect with this publisher at 601-941-0600 or

This is where libraries, especially public libraries, can help make those necessary connections for the customers that they serve. Mississippi and Mississippians can take advantage of sources outside the state quite easily.

Thanks to the Internet, everyone has access to national programs such as "Week in Review" available via This program features Maria Hinojosa and Maria Elena Salinas as they discuss issues affecting the Latino community.

Customers in the northwest part of the state should be able to listen to radio broadcasts. Try WGSF - AM 1030, Radio Ambiente Caliente out of Memphis or WIVG - FM 96.1, La Estrella out of Tunica!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Citizenship Toolkit

Remember to request a copy of the Citizenship Toolkit from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services for your branch. Do this soon! Take a look at this from WebJunction for more information.

Jan. 4 Workshop - Pearl

A great workshop with alot of participation. Thank you, everyone who made it possible. Our visitor was Patricia Ice (I didn't get her picture!), an attorney for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA!). What a great speaker. Remember, Patricia said to call her if she could help with any of your programming. Call me (601-825-0100, ext 107) if you need one of her business cards.

Food is always important for a great meeting, and we put "quite a dent" in the morning offerings!

What a group! Remember to visit WebJunction for great resources!