Friday, April 6, 2018

Librarians Attend the International Guadalajara Book Fair

For the past three years librarians representing WCCLS have been attending the Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) de Guadalajara to purchase Spanish language books not available through traditional U.S. publishers. The FIL is an internationally-recognized book fair that brings together over 1,000 publishers from across the Spanish-speaking world.

The Spanish language books purchased by WCCLS librarians at the FIL are available for checkout to library users throughout Washington County through the shared WCCLS catalog. During the most recent book-buying trip in 2017, six librarians traveled from Washington County libraries and purchased 3,656 books. They purchased picture books, children’s novels, cookbooks, basic education materials, self-help titles, fiction, and much, much more. The majority of these titles are original Spanish-language titles, and cannot be purchased through US-based distributors. Additionally, the FIL showcases independent publishing houses whose print runs for titles are often quite small; librarians are able to purchase unique books directly from these indie publishing houses.

During the past few years, Washington County librarians have purchased original titles from countries representing the diversity of Washington County’s Spanish speaking community, with books from Mexico, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, and Venezuela, among others. The librarians have also been able to purchase books bilingual in Spanish and Mesoamerican indigenous languages such as Maya. “We are especially pleased with the number of children’s titles we found that positively reflect various Latin American cultures,” remarked librarian Crystal Garcia, from Sherwood Public Library.

Besides providing books in Spanish, many WCCLS libraries also offer Spanish language early literacy workshops for parents of young children, in-person assistance from Spanish-speaking staff at the libraries, Spanish kindergarten readiness programs, computer classes in Spanish, Spanish language story times, celebrations and activities for Día de los Niños and Día de los Muertos, English language learning materials, citizenship classes, and more. To learn about these services go to

Lea esta información en el comunicado de prensa en Español