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Library service to Spanish speaking patrons : a practical guide
Moller, Sharon Chickering.
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Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 2001.
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xix, 207 pages ; 24 cm
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If your library serves a Latino population, you'll want this book. It will help you better serve the needs of Spanish-speaking patrons of all ages. The author gives background information on various Hispanic groups, explaining some of the cultural differences that can lead to misunderstanding. She then offers a variety of program and collection building ideas. A list of distributors of Spanish-language materials-books, periodicals, AV materials, computer and other educational resources-is provided, as well as Web site addresses of Spanish-language sites. Vocabulary lists for library and computer-related words and phrases and guidelines for correctly writing Spanish words are also included.

Author Notes

SHARON CHICKERING MOLLER is Director, Learning Resources Center, Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus, Leadville.

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School Library Journal Review

An excellent resource for librarians trying to plan or implement services. Seven chapters quickly and clearly cover the history of Spanish speakers in the U.S.; adult, children, and teen services; how to help access library resources; and helpful Internet sites. Some of the chapters include examples of what other library systems or librarians have done to try and meet the needs of Spanish-speaking patrons. The book has three useful appendixes. The first one covers selection tools for librarians, Internet resources, listservs, organizations, book awards, book fairs, and conferences/workshops. The second includes useful library terms/phrases in Spanish, Spanish computer vocabulary, the Dewey decimal system, sample registration forms, a sample letter to parents welcoming their child to the library, and a library survey. Appendix C offers an annotated list of publishers and distributors of Spanish-language material. Further information can be found in Camila Alire and Orlando Archibeque's Serving Latino Communities (Neal-Schuman, 1998) and Barbara Immroth and Kathleen de la Pe-a McCook's Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage (McFarland, 2000).-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Chapter 1 Understanding the Historyp. 1
From the Beginningp. 1
The Peoplep. 2
Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, Spanish-American?p. 4
Cultural Characteristicsp. 5
Latin American Schools, Libraries, and Booksp. 10
Mexicop. 10
Ecuadorp. 11
Chilep. 12
Puerto Ricop. 14
In Closingp. 15
Works Citedp. 15
Chapter 2 Adult Servicesp. 17
Where to Begin?p. 17
Making Connectionsp. 18
Sensitivity Trainingp. 19
In the Doorp. 20
Materials Selectionp. 22
Availability of Titlesp. 23
Popular Adult Topicsp. 23
Physical Qualityp. 24
Collaborationp. 25
Promoting the Libraryp. 25
Getting the Word Outp. 25
Out into the Communityp. 26
Marketingp. 27
Outreach Programmingp. 27
English and Literacyp. 28
General Educationp. 29
Life Skillsp. 29
Bookmobile (Bibliobus)p. 30
Deposit Collectionsp. 31
Cultural/Enrichment Eventsp. 32
Periodicalsp. 33
Addresses of Distributors and Publishersp. 33
Periodical Titlesp. 34
Newspapersp. 43
Computersp. 43
Other Resourcesp. 44
Works Citedp. 44
Chapter 3 Kids Are Kids: Preschool to Early Elementaryp. 47
Starting Earlyp. 47
Language Exposurep. 48
Collaborationp. 49
Preschool Story Hoursp. 49
Charlotte, North Carolinap. 50
Tucson, Arizonap. 53
Miami, Floridap. 53
What Children Needp. 54
Learning to Readp. 54
Materials Selectionp. 55
Storytellingp. 56
History of Spanish Children's Literaturep. 57
Family Literacyp. 57
Successful Programsp. 59
Periodicalsp. 60
Addresses of Distributorsp. 61
Periodical Titlesp. 61
Other Resourcesp. 62
Storytellingp. 62
Outreach to Parentsp. 63
Literacy Programsp. 64
Works Citedp. 65
Chapter 4 Reading to Learn: The Middle Gradesp. 67
Struggle for Literacyp. 67
Situational Literacyp. 68
Bilingual Literacyp. 68
Brokeringp. 69
Book Selectionp. 70
Selection Criteriap. 70
Types of Materialsp. 72
Can I Find What I Need?p. 73
Library Skillsp. 73
Program Ideasp. 74
"Read Across America Day"p. 74
National Library Weekp. 75
Dia de los Ninos: Dia de los Librosp. 75
Children's Book Weekp. 76
Any Time of the Yearp. 76
Internetp. 77
Book Clubsp. 78
Homework Helpp. 79
Budding Authorsp. 79
Cooperative Effortsp. 80
Mexican Opportunitiesp. 80
Periodicalsp. 80
Addresses of Distributorsp. 80
Periodical Titlesp. 81
Other Resourcesp. 82
Bilingual Posters and Bookmarksp. 83
Works Citedp. 84
Chapter 5 The Teenage Yearsp. 87
Basic Educationp. 87
Leisure Activitiesp. 89
Marketing to Latino Teensp. 90
Young-Adult Literature--Si O No?p. 91
Popular Topicsp. 91
Textbooksp. 92
Ephemerap. 93
Programming That Mattersp. 93
Computersp. 93
Budding Authorsp. 94
Cultural Programmingp. 95
Miscellaneousp. 96
Periodicalsp. 96
Addresses of Distributors and Publishersp. 96
Periodical Titlesp. 97
Works Citedp. 101
Chapter 6 Communicating with Patronsp. 103
Accessing the Resourcesp. 103
Spanish Languagep. 104
Accent Marksp. 104
Articlesp. 105
Namesp. 105
OPACsp. 105
Addressesp. 107
Catalogingp. 108
Subject Headingsp. 108
Location Toolsp. 108
Addendump. 110
Emphasis on the Accent by A. Samuel Adelop. 110
Works Citedp. 111
Chapter 7 Internet Sitesp. 113
Internet Tutorialsp. 113
E-Mailp. 114
Search Enginesp. 115
Pathfinders: Older Students and Adultsp. 116
Other Sites of Interestp. 119
Adults and Older Studentsp. 119
For Childrenp. 124
Appendix A Helps for Librariansp. 127
Appendix B Vocabulary, Examples, and Forms/Vocabulario, Ejemplos, y Formulariosp. 141
Appendix C Publishers and Distributorsp. 161
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 203