Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Libraries Expand Collection of Quality Spanish Publications

Currently, in Washington County, approximately 30% of all students registered in first grade are Latino. Many Latino households speak Spanish as their first language. There is a strong correlation between literacy in a first language and literacy in a second language. Providing quality books to children and adults in their original language has a positive effect on their English literacy.

With this goal in mind, last November two librarians from WCCLS member libraries attended the acclaimed International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico to acquire Spanish language materials to expand our collection that is locally available to both students and all WCCLS library cardholders. This fair attracts more than 750,000 attendees, and almost 2,000 publishers are represented. Our librarians focused on obtaining titles that are typically unavailable for purchase in the United States. Due to their efforts local readers now have access to 2,154 new quality publications in Spanish.