Vol 22 Issue 4, featuring the work of our members!
It is so exciting to share that REFORMA OR has an entire issue of the OLA Quarterly,
Vol 22 Issue 4, featuring the work of our members!
On May 6, 2017, OR REFORMISTAS gathered for the fourth and final meeting of FY 2016-2017 in Wilsonville's stunning public library.
During the meeting, we discussed the organization's committees and their roles, received a tour of the Wilsonville Public Library, shared feedback regarding the OLA pre-conference workshop, and as usual, ended the day with library updates.
For the meeting details, be sure to review the meeting minutes: May 6, 2017 meeting minutes
May 6th REFORMISTA Meeting Attendees
Our host Deborah giving us a tour of the Wilsonville Public Library
REFORMA OR is so proud to say that our very own past-president and one of the REFORMA OR co-founders, Martín Blasco, was awarded Oregon Library Association (OLA) 2017 Librarian of the Year! The award is given to a professional librarian who has demonstrated excellence in library service in Oregon, and Martín certainly has.
Stephanie Lind's speech
Stephanie Lind, Program Supervisor for Outreach & Youth Services for Washington County, Oregon | Washington County Cooperative Library Services, and Blasco's supervisor gave a beautiful speech about Blasco's work and dedication to the communities he serves.
Click here for the video of Lind's speech
Martín Blasco's speech
Click here for the video of Blasco's speech
REFORMA OR's workshop at the OLA 2017 pre-conference!
On Wednesday, April 19th five REFORMA OR members presented a workshop titled "La Comunidad Latina y Tu Biblioteca / The Latino/a Community and Your Library: Strategies for Building Relationships and Resources for Collection Development." We had 19 participants from a variety of libraries across Oregon, many of whom were not REFORMA OR members, at least, not yet!
About the Workshop
REFORMA Oregon is a professional organization for librarians and library staff who serve Spanish speaking and Latino/a communities. In this half day workshop, attendees learned strategies to connect with their local Latino/a community, including recommended community partnerships and programming ideas for all ages. Attendees also learned about a variety of resources to develop their library collections to match the needs of their communities, including information on the "Libros for Oregon" project that plans for an Oregon library book-buying cooperative for the International Book Fair in Guadalajara and how libraries can participate. Attendees included librarians who are currently working with Latino/a communities, are just beginning the process of reaching out, or would like to begin, but are unsure how to do so. The workshop included time for attendees to brainstorm ideas and develop action items to apply the information learned so they would be better equipped to serve their Spanish speaking and Latino communities.
About the Presenters
Kristen Curé, Latino Liaison & Adult Services Librarian, Springfield Public Library
Kristen is a former ALA Emerging Leader and spent her Peace Corps time in Nicaragua. She is a marketing wizard, bilingual storytime extraordinaire, and gardening enthusiast.
Natalia Fernández, Curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University
Natalia is the curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives at Oregon State University. She collaborates with LGBTQIA and communities of color to empower them to preserve, share, and celebrate their stories. She has an MLIS from the University of Arizona.
Deborah Gitlitz, Outreach Librarian, Wilsonville Public Library
Deborah has more than 20 years' experience as a bilingual youth librarian in multicultural, economically diverse environments, including 15 years at several branches of the Multnomah County Library and currently as Outreach Librarian in Wilsonville. She is an associate library consultant with the Ruth Metz Consultant Studio, with proficiency in Spanish and expertise in youth services, outreach, family literacy, staff training and facilitation; a Community Trainer with the Oregon Registry; a volunteer naturalist with Metro; and a hobbyist ukulele player. Travel, singing, and hiking are among her favorite things. Oh, and books.
Patty Lara, Outreach Specialist, Hood River County Library District
Patty is the Outreach Specialist for the Hood River County Library District. Her current projects include, but are not limited to, organizing a bookmobile, coordinating a number of community-based events, hosting a weekly radio program, and selecting Spanish materials to add to the district’s collection.
Patricia Morán, Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Patricia, a Spanish Bilingual Youth Librarian for the Multnomah County Library, builds and maintains relationships with patrons, neighborhood organizations, and the greater population served by the library. She has experience in creating a rich and inclusive Spanish language juvenile collections.
The afternoon workshop began with participants introducing themselves, as a well as a brief summary of REFORMA OR's purpose and how to get involved. Then Kristen and Patty gave a joint presentation showcasing a variety of strategies to connect with local Latino/a community. During the second part of the workshop, Deborah and Pati shared resources to develop library collections to match the needs of local communities, with Deborah specifically sharing information about the "Libros for Oregon: Collections Connect Communities" grant project. Both parts of the workshops included fun activities!
Presentation #1: Introduction
Presentation #2: Strategies for Community Outreach and Engagement
Link to Prezi Presentation of "Connecting with Your Latino Community"
Presentation 3a: Resources for Collection Development
Presentation 3b: Resources for Collection Development - Libros for Oregon
Every year, libraries across the country celebrate DÍA: El día de los niños/El día de los libros—Children’s’ Day/Book Day. DÍA is a celebration every day of children, families and reading, that culminates yearly with celebrations held across the country on or near April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
As celebrated by libraries and librarians, DÍA is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.
Library celebrations of DÍA were spearheaded by children's book author Pat Mora, REFORMA and ALSC. As a celebration of Diversity in Action, they are a great way for libraries to connect with their communities and offer quality programming for children and families.
Libraries in Oregon celebrate DÍA each year in a variety of ways. Some libraries have carnival themed resource fairs, involving nearly 20 community organizations and partners. Some events have drawn crowds as large as over 600 people and include guest authors, musical and dance performances by youth groups, zumba lessons or clowns. Other programs are smaller and interactive. DÍA celebrations can draw on traditions such as giving children gift bags (aguinaldos), having special prize give-aways, or have piñatas. Many libraries give free books to children. Some libraries have included STEAM activities, including hands-on science and math projects.
It doesn't matter or large or small your community--DÍA is a great way to celebrate children and literacy at libraries.
Looking for ideas and tips? Check out the American Library Association's official DÍA page (http://dia.ala.org) or contact REFORMA Oregon (http://reformaoregon.weebly.com/).
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On February 11, 2017, OR REFORMISTAS gathered at the beautiful Eugene Public Library in downtown Eugene for our third quarterly meeting of this fiscal year.
The day began with a number of committee reports and great discussions, followed by a wonderful presentation by Patricia Morán sharing her CILELIJ and FILIJ experiences. In the afternoon we planned for the OLA pre-conference workshop taking place this April, and we ended the day with library updates.
For the meeting details, be sure to review the meeting minutes: February 11, Eugene, Meeting Minutes
Patricia Morán's CILELIJ and FILIJ experiences presentation PDF is available for download:
Meeting attendees in the Eugene Public Library engaged in a discussion
(Top row, left to right): Anne Miller, Gabriela Hernández, Kristen Curé, Deborah Gitlitz, Sarah White, Star Khan, Lucy Iraola, Patricia Morán
(Bottom row, left to right): Natalia Fernández, Matias Torres, Kimbre Chapman, Elizabeth López, Martín Blasco, and Felipe Marquez
(Not pictured, attended virtually): Gabriela Martinez Mercier
On Saturday, December 10th, at the Lebanon Public Library,
around 20 librarians came together for the 2nd Annual Mock
Pura Belpré Award workshop organized by the REFORMA Oregon Chapter
OLA Round Table.
The event began with a presentation about diversity, inclusion and equity
in Latino children books, by Katie Bogart and Elena Gleason.
A PDF of their presentation "Your Patrons Need Diverse Books:
Developing a Latinx-Inclusive Library Collection" is available online
The Presentation and Presenters
Your Patrons Need Diverse Books: Developing Latinx-Inclusive Library Collections
What story does your library tell through its collection and programs? We live in a diverse world, but the publishing industry does not reflect this reality. In honor of OLA's Mock Pura Belpre workshop, the presenters will focus on collecting and showcasing materials that "portray, affirm, and celebrate" Latinx lives. The presenters will share their experiences championing diversity at small public and school libraries and provide attendees with tips on seeking, evaluating, and promoting Latinx-inclusive materials for all ages in libraries of any size.
Elena Gleason is Acquisitions Librarian at the Coos Bay Public Library, where she selects all materials for adults. She also runs the library's Your Book of the Month personalized readers' advisory service. Katy Bogart is the Youth Services Librarian at Garden Home Community Library in SW Portland, a member of WCCLS. She is responsible for acquisitions, collection development, and programming for youth and families.
About the Pura Belpré Award
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
The REFORMA Oregon Chapter’ Round Table (RORT) for the Oregon Library Association launched, for the second time, the Mock Pura Belpré Award. It was a great opportunity not only for librarians and library staff who are working with Latino and/or Spanish speaking children, but also for all children's librarians.
The event was an important learning experience for all the attendees. The focus of the workshop was on knowledge building by including titles which are open to deliberation regarding the Pura Belpré Awards criteria. The award helps us to raise awareness of the importance of more quality children’s literature written and/or illustrated by Latino authors.
Attendee Selections for the Mock Winners
Mock Belpré Author Winner: Duncan Tonatiuh for The Princess and the Warrior
Mock Belpré Author Honors:
Mock Belpré Illustrator Winner: Eric Velásquez for Looking for Bongo
Mock Belpré Illustrator Honors:
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Agenda for the 2016 Mock Pura Belpré Award
2016 Mock Pura Belpré Award
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10am - 4pm
Lebanon Public Library
55 Academy St, Lebanon, OR 97355 | (541) 258-4926
10:00 – 10:20 Introductions.
10:20 – 10:40 History of the Pura Belpré Award. Purpose of the Mock Pura Belpré Award.
10:40 – 12:00 Presentation: “Your Patrons Need Diverse Books: Developing Latinx-Inclusive Library
Collections” by Elena Gleason (Coos Bay Public Library), Lora Worden (Catlin Gabel School,
Portland) and Katy Bogart (Garden Home Community Library – WCCLS).
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break and view books
1:00 – 1:15 Pura Belpré Criteria and how our Mock will work
1:15 – 2:30 Group nominations: Author Award Winner, Illustrator Award Winner, Author Honor Book/s, and Illustrator Honor Book/s
2:30 – 3:20 Final vote
3:20 – 3:50 Wrap up: What worked well? How can we improve?
3:50 – 4:00 Adjourn. Networking and library tour.
On November 5th, 2016, OR REFORMISTAS came together at The Dalles Wasco County Public Library in The Dalles for our fourth meeting of 2016 - and the location was GORGE-geous!
We began the morning with committee reports and brainstormed ideas for new projects. In the afternoon, we worked on drafting an outline for our OLA 2017 pre-conference workshop. As is tradition, we concluded with everyone sharing their most recent and current projects.
For the meeting details, be sure to review the meeting minutes: 2016-11-05 Meeting Minutes
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