Saturday, September 27, 2008

North Valley SLO September Update

Sept. 5th NVPL (North Valley Public Library) held a very successful SLO event "Fiesta Hispana" with over 139 people in attendance, including 27 Hispanics. Latin food, music and dances were all included. Spanish library materials were on display throughout the library. Tours were given to those new to the library. So far, there has been 3 meetings of the SLO Advisory Group and plans are underway to hold ESL (English as Second Language) classes beginning the first of October. NVPL has purchased numerous Spanish materials including books written in Spanish and Spanish music CDs. Library informational brochures have been translated into Spanish and printed. The SLO Advisory Group advised against NVPL purchase of online Hispanic newspapers at this time. The Group suggested assistance with establishing an email address and guidance with driver's license exams as well as facilitating ESL classes. Ongoing assistance with Internet searches was another request. NVPL will continue to work with the SLO Advisory Group and to do our best to meet the ongoing needs of the growing Latino community in Ravalli County.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month

So, what is planned around the state for Hispanic Heritage Month?

At Parmly Billings Library, we will once again have weekly Spanish language movies. This is something we do every year and it is well-received.

We are also going to have a Spanish language story time each week. We've done this in the past as well. I think many of the kids who come will be English speakers, but they love it!

One thing that is new this year, is a book discussion group in Spanish. This is associated with The Big Read. The book is the Spanish language version of "The Call of the Wild." It is "La Llamada De La Nuturaleza." The facilitator is a lady from Panama who spoke at the Billings SLO workshop. She told me that she misses reading books in Spanish and is very excited to participate.

We are also having a book discussion on the book, "Bless Me Ultima." The book and discussion are in English. This will be a little bit of Hispanic culture education in our community.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Upcoming webinars at WJ

WebJunction is offering two free webinars that might be of interest for serving your Spanish-speaking patrons. One is on the new naturalization test and one presents the results of the telephone survey done with Latinos this year. For details, go to

Teaching The Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test Webinar
When: Thursday September 25th, 2008 - 01:00 PM
Where: WebJunction at Central Time
This webinar will provide an overview of the redesigned (new) naturalization test, which will replace the current test on October 1, 2008. Join Dr. Michael Jones, Senior Advisor Immigrant Education, and Carlos Muñoz-Acevedo, Outreach Specialist, of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as they cover the necessary skills and instructional methods needed by those who are preparing students to take the redesigned (new) naturalization test.

Latinos and Public Library Perceptions Webinar
When: Tuesday October 14th, 2008 - 12:00 PM
Where: WebJunction at Central Time
WebJunction, in partnership with the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, recently publised a research report detailing the results of a six-state telephone survey of over 2,860 adult Latinos completed in early 2008. Learn about the findings and implications of the study from WebJunction's Laura Staley and researchers from TRPI.