Friends Of The Library: Meeting Hispanic needs
A federal grant program, the Library Services and Technology Act, recently provided funding for the Truckee Library to identify a sector of the local population to better serve, survey the sector, and develop and implement an action plan to improve services to that sector. Branch Librarian Lauri Ferguson chose to focus on the Hispanic community in Truckee.
In order to accomplish the requisite two parts of the grant – a needs assessment and a plan for implementation – Ferguson formed a coalition of community members which included Tom Ballou, Margarita Nevarez, Monina Vazquez and Pam McAdoo.
An extensive, door-to-door survey conducted during the months of February and March provided valuable information on current library usage, materials and services which the Hispanic population would like to see added at the Library, and impediments to library visits.
Approximately one-fourth of Truckee’s Hispanic population currently uses the public library. Those surveyed expressed that the addition of books in Spanish, a bilingual staff member, computers with Internet access, a children’s storytime in Spanish and added evening hours would attract them to visit the library.
The coalition recently met to review the survey results and to brainstorm ways of meeting the identified needs. The Library, which has collections of books in Spanish for both adults and children – non-fiction, fiction including classic literature and periodicals – will continue to add Spanish language books, videos, books-on-tape, and periodicals.
Library staff will work with the Nevada County Literacy Council to expand the current literacy tutoring program to include ESL.
The Library will actively seek bilingual applicants for future job openings, and continue to recruit bilingual volunteers. And the staff will again consider the best ways to organize and promote Spanish language programs for children.
A mailing list, which was compiled during the survey, will provide a new way to publicize new services, events, and materials to the Hispanic residents of Truckee.
The library staff look forward not only to improving offerings for native Spanish speakers in the community, but also to continue to provide library services to all community members. Your suggestions are always welcome.
— Children’s Summer Reading Program:
For ages 5 and up; sign up after school is out, weekly programs begin July 12
— Teen Summer Film Series:
For ages 11 and up, begins July 12
Regular Childrens’ Programs
(Storytimes will take a break, May 28-July 10)
— Saturday Morning Storytelling
For ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool.
— Friday Storytime
For ages 3 to 5, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.
— Tuesday Toddlertime
For ages 3 and under, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.
Truckee Library, 582-7846
10031 Levone Avenue
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