Congratulations to Patricia Lyons, Amanda Toledo, and Hope Saldivar!
On Thursday May 28th, 2020, REFORMA retired member Ida D. McGhee was awarded the 2020 Library Champion Award during the annual Rhode Island Library Conference, which was held virtually this year.
Nathalie says, “I decided to become an Emerging Leader because I want to grow as an early library professional, but also because I wanted to begin getting involved with the diverse associations that ALA has to offer. I am honored that REFORMA has chosen to sponsor me, and through this experience I hope to be able to not only develop a larger network of professional relationships, but also advocate for my community as well.”
REFORMA is committed to continuing supporting programing to Latinos and Spanish speakers in our communities - virtual and in-person. The time to review the applications and select the winners of our 2020 Día Mini-Grants Program came around the time the COVID-19 pandemic was developing, which prompted us to adjust the program timeline and guidelines. The winners were selected based on the creativity, level of community involvement, and showcase of Latinx literature and culture, as presented in their original submission.
The reading circle program allows individual students in a reading group to each receive a loaned copy of the same novel and to read the book together, while accompanied by an adult mentor. Via reading the story as a group, students have the opportunity to communally discuss literature, make personal connections with a novel, delve deeper into understanding the story, explore literary terms, expand their vocabularies, create community, and build confidence in speaking in public.
The NJHRIC is a three-tier project within the NPL whose mission is to address the informational needs of the state’s diverse Hispanic communities. The oldest tier is the Sala Hispanoamericana, which houses the largest collection of Spanish-language resources within a New Jersey public library. The Sala was founded in 1989 and later incorporated into the NJHRIC.
I heard from several Mexican publishing friends that the current Mexican administration has made drastic cuts to cultural and educational spending. The cuts are especially difficult for independent publishers, who have produced a wider range of high-quality literature in recent years. This proliferation of diverse voices helps build Spanish library collections that resonate with patrons and students. With the decline of sales in Mexico, export sales become vital financial lifelines and affirmations that these independent books can be competitive in the global market.
Tratando de dar respuestas a estas preguntas surgió la idea de crear una insignia en nuestro programa de lectura de verano, dirigida a “Niños Escuchas”, que incluye actividades sensoriales que les ayuden a explorar, conocer y procesar la información del mundo que los rodea. A veces, los padres no son tan conscientes de la importancia de exponer a los niños en edad preescolar a el toque de distintas texturas, y que esto es la base para un buen inicio y desarrollo de las destrezas de lectura/escritura posteriores.
Hay entonces un vacío, que se caracteriza por una falta de atención por parte de los medios de comunicación, pocos espacios para la publicidad y escasos canales para construir estrategias de mercadotecnia efectivas… todo lo que en el mercado anglo sirve para que el ecosistema funcione. Faltan reviewers e influencers en los que pueda descansar la promoción sin costo; también falta abrir más espacios para organizar eventos, como ferias, festivales, y book talks; incluso hacen falta más booksellers con conocimiento de los catálogos, autores, sellos, y de lo que se publica más allá de las fronteras—en América Latina y España.
Jessica Agudelo is a Supervising Librarian for Children's Services at the New York Public Library. She was the chair for NYPL’s debut edition of the Mejores libros para pequeños list in 2019. Jessica was selected as a Spectrum Scholar in 2014, and is currently the 2020 Emerging Leader for ALSC, and chair for the 2021 Pura Belpré Award selection committee. She regularly contributes reviews of Spanish and English to Booklist, and is a proud member of the Association of Library Services to Children and REFORMA. Jessica is Colombian-American and was born and raised in Queens, NY.
This year The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Carle Honors Committee selected REFORMA to receive 2019’s Carle Honors Angel Award for its outstanding contribution to children's literacy and its efforts to bring picture books to children everywhere.
REFORMA was delighted to join the 2019 ALA (American Library Association) Emerging Leaders program for the first time and sponsor Derek Stalcup to participate in this year’s cohort.