Los padres podemos inculcar el amor a la lectura desde la cuna

June 6, 2008

Un lector no nace, se hace. Por eso, el amor a la lectura se debe inculcar desde la cuna y tratar, con perseverancia y dedicación, que se convierta en una sana pasión, pues de ello va a depender, en buena medida, tener niños con éxito en los estudios y, más tarde, adultos con herramientas bien preparadas para usarlas en la vida. Además, ¿hay algo más bello que la escena de un padre o madre leyendo un libro al niño que tiene en su regazo?

Ahora que empieza el verano muchos padres se preguntan que van a hacer con sus hijos todo este tiempo. Quizá esta es la perfecta oportunidad de empezar o continuar nuestros esfuerzos de inculcar el amor a la lectura a nuestros hijos. Por ello hemos preparado una pequeña lista de 10 de los aspectos principales acerca de la lectura en nuestros hijos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Immigration is driving changes at the library

January 23, 2008

Loida Garcia-Ceba ask on her new blog how librarians are serving the Latino population. She points out that libraries should continue “trying to figure out how to address topics such as immigration, health and education to mention a few” through their services. This should be done in an inclusive way to “involve publishers, distributors, scholars and professional associations.”

We could not agree more. That is one of the reasons we started this blog, to further this type of conversation. In the last few months we have ask our library friends about what they are doing to attract Spanish-speaking patrons to their libraries and serve them during the holidays.

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Library going green. Could books follow suit?

January 10, 2008

Through Library Stuff we learn that the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library in Middletown, PA, is going green. Now that the “box” will be more environmentally friendly, how could the library supervisors ensure that the “content” follows suit?

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A Kindler and Gentler way to Read? Maybe not yet at the library

January 4, 2008

There has been much talk about Kindle, Amazon’s new reading device, in the few weeks that it has been available. Most of it has been from a user perspective, centered on its features, readability and how it competes with other devices. Several library blogs have also started conversations to see if this is a device that has a place at our libraries and if the high price tag (high for many library budgets at least) could prevent many libraries from purchasing it.

It seems that the general consensus is that most libraries won’t embrace the Kindle yet. The major issues discussed fall into the following concerns: Read the rest of this entry »


Libraries and the Holidays: Serving Spanish-Speaking Patrons

November 27, 2007

As we are approaching the Christmas holiday season, it is a wonderful time to remind Spanish-speaking patrons of all the services and events their local library offers them. Christmas is a cherished time for most Latinos, full of traditions, memories and social events. It is a time when families get together to share meals, prayers, songs, and love. As many Spanish-speaking families are stretched through different countries, this is not always possible. Furthermore, the traditions that they may have learned through their parents and grandparents are not always present in the communities where they are now. But they can be found at the library.

Libraries have a special role during the holidays in serving their Spanish-speaking patrons. Libraries connect them with their loved ones in far away places and bring them closer to their traditions. We have compiled some of the ways in which libraries are serving these communities which your library could do as well.

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Attracting Spanish-speaking patrons to your library: 25 Best Practices

September 27, 2007

One of the questions we are often asked by our library customers is what can they do to attract more Spanish-speaking patrons and increase their circulation for books in this population. Many libraries have put forth great efforts in developing their Spanish language collection. In many cases, their local community has responded by increasing their visits and circulation for these titles. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. For many reasons, some of the libraries are not attracting their local Spanish-speaking community as much as other population segments. Since many of the members of this community come from countries with different library rules and customs, they may not be aware of the great things that their community library has to offer.

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Tiendas de libros independientes o pequeñas: 10 consejos para sobrevivir a las macro-tiendas (Segunda Parte)

August 13, 2007

(Small or Independent bookstores: 10 tips on how to survive against the chains – Part 2)

En nuestro artículo anterior comentábamos como una tienda pequeña o independiente debería prepararse ante la eventualidad de que abrieran una macro-tienda en su cercanía. Esta preparación tendría que empezar mucho antes de que abran la nueva tienda, debe de incluir a los empleados y crear una comunidad de clientes con los que poder comunicarse continuamente. Continuamos con los consejos que han funcionado a muchas tiendas a lo largo de los años:

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