I am the Programming and Volunteer Coordinator at the Hermiston Public Library. I make a lot of telephone calls, send out emails, as well as always looking for affordable programming options that are library friendly.
Tell us a little bit about the community where you work.
Hermiston, Oregon, at last count, has a population of 18,200 which makes it the largest city in Eastern Oregon. Hermiston is the largest and fastest-growing city in the Hermiston-Pendleton Statistical Area. Our community has a population of which 71% speak English and 29% speak Spanish.
Can you tell us about some programs or services that you’re excited about at your library?
I am VERY excited that starting in September, the library will be open an extra 4 hours of operation a week! Also I just want to mention that this past January we recently added 4 hours a week, so that's a total of 8 hours per week of library open time!!!
Tell us about the favorite part of your position and why.
Meeting new people, finding programs that suite our library. My new positions bring me joy in I feel that what I am doing is of value for the library.
Are there challenges that you face in your work?
Like in most small rural libraries, not having enough money to provide programs that you wish you could. I am always salivating at some of the programs other libraries are fortunate enough to provide their community. (sigh..deep sigh)
Can you share some advice or tips you have for working with and/or providing services and materials for the Spanish-speaking / Latino community?
I believe heightened awareness of cultures and traditions, and to try to develop a rapport and also establish a level of trust before effective communication can take place.