I’ve been working for a while on a post about a workshop I went to on the intentional planning of Summer Reading/Learning Programs. Every time I work on it, it starts to get really ranty, so it might take me a while to get it done.
One of the good things that came out of the workshop for me was the desire to learn Spanish and to provide a bilingual storytime at my library. This was because of an assignment before the workshop to look up statistics about our communities. One of the things I found in doing the assignment was that the community served by my library included a much larger population of Latinos and Spanish-speakers than I knew existed there. I was not aware of any members of this community who are using our library or attending storytimes on a regular basis and that made me wonder why and how I could find out the answer to that question.
In a freakish display of serendipity, I came across a posting for a 5-week online course on Bilingual Outreach and Storytimes that was being facilitated by my state library. Pretty cool, right? I signed up immediately!
So the long and the short of it is that I am working right along on learning Spanish – pero, ahora hablo solo un poco de español. I’m kind of proud of the progress I’ve made so far, though! I’m also learning the ins and outs of doing library outreach to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. I’m really excited about the opportunity I’ll have in the future to better serve my community and to bring people to the library who may have felt too intimidated to come in or who maybe felt that the library just didn’t have anything for them. I just hope I can do it well when I get there.