REFORMA-Tucson 2011-2012 Annual Report
REFORMA-Tucson’s past year stands out as a year of increased community engagement and collaboration. Highlights include attending the REFORMA National Conference in September, hosting a table and local author at the Arizona Library Association Annual Conference in November, partnering with the Pima County Public Library at the Tucson Festival of Books in March and co-sponsoring Tucson’s first annual Latino Literacy Roundtable. REFORMA-Tucson members also rallied to support ethnic studies and quality public education through a public statement and continued efforts to engage our community in meaningful ways to support Tucson’s diverse and life-long learners.
August 2011: REFORMA-Tucson members volunteered at the 3rd annual Feria de la Lectura, a bilingual family literacy fair organized by the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson and the Pima County Public Library.
REFORMA-Tucson also announced the first recipient of the REFORMA-Tucson Graduate Student Scholarship, Mariaelena de la Rosa.
November 2011: REFORMA-Tucson shared an exhibitor’s table with the Central Arizona chapter at the Arizona Library Association annual conference. REFORMA-Tucson hosted a local author Stevie Mack who signed and sold her book Day of the Dead. This was a great opportunity to share our chapter’s goals with the greater library community and recruit new members!
December 2011: Planning and organizing began for the first annual Latino Literacy Roundtable committee, chaired by Dr. Patricia Montiel-Overall.
January 2012: REFORMA-Tucson members gathered to begin work on a strategic plan. This work was spearheaded by the marketing committee in an effort to create a powerful message to share with community members, potential partner organizations and new members. This process created a positive forum in which members could identify the issues we face in serving Latino and Spanish Speaking communities and begin to identify solutions. REFORMA-Tucson members decided to continue working on the strategic plan after the spring season’s full calendar of events passed.
February 2012: Work was started on a statement in support of ethnic studies and in support and acknowledgment of resolutions and statements made by ALA, REFORMA National, AILA and the Progressive Librarians Guild.
March 2012: REFORMA-Tucson partnered with the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies, Libraries and School of Information Resources and Library Science to host the first annual Latino Literacy Roundtable. This roundtable focused on Children’s and Young Adult Literature and featured visiting authors Sarah Cortez, René Colato Laínez and Sam Quiñones. The first roundtable was a great success! Community members, students, library staff and educators participated in engaging round table discussions with the authors. The roundtable also included a poster session with many posters that examined literacy issues or highlighted successful literacy projects in the local community.
REFORMA-Tucson also partnered with the Pima County Public Library’s for programming in the Nuestras Raíces tent at the Tucson Festival of Books. REFORMA-Tucson members sold 11 different titles for book signings at Nuestras Raíces author events, sold tickets for a quilt raffle and sold Nuestras Raíces t-shirts. This year, REFORMA-Tucson also invited and hosted a Nuestras Raíces author, René Colato Laínez. The Tucson Festival of Books attracted 100,000 attendees in 2011. This year’s weekend event was a wonderful way for REFORMA-Tucson members to provide a community service, expose a wider audience to books by Latino authors and share our message with others, all while raising money for the REFORMA-Tucson Graduate Student Scholarship fund.
April 2012: REFORMA-Tucson made public its Statement in Support of Ethnic Studies. The statement is available in English and in Spanish.
REFORMA-Tucson was proud to announce that it would be able to provide the Graduate Student Scholarship again this year. Applications would be accepted between April 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012.
REFORMA-Tucson announced the winner of the quilt raffle: Michael Kreyche. This quilt raffle raised funds for the Graduate Student Scholarship.
June 2012: REFORMA-Tucson welcomes its 2012-2013 officers:
President: Bob Diaz
Vice President: Jacquie Welsh
Secretary: Marissa Alcorta
Treasurer: Mikel Stone
Webmaster: Monica Farmer
— Kristen Curé, REFORMA-Tucson President, 2011-2012