Multicultural Programming

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Saturday, June 29

Multicultural Programming for Tweens and Families

ALSC, YALSA, 8:30–10 a.m.

In the spirit of El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, celebrate many children, many cultures, and many books throughout the year. Hear from a panel of librarians and community partners who will share successful programs such as a Festival of Cultures and a culture-focused, one book-one city initiative. Stay for an I-DÍA Showcase featuring hands-on program activities, and receive how-to handouts from libraries across the country. Speakers: Corrie Wallace, Director, Niles Township (Ill.) Schools’ ELL Parent Center; Daniel Mauller, Youth Services Program Coordinator, Rolling Meadows (Ill.) Public Library; Dawn Cummins, Youth Services Manager, Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library, Hampshire, Ilinois; and Linda Sawyer, Youth Services Program Coordinator, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

Bilingual and Culturally Inclusive Storytime Programs

OLOS, 1–2:30 p.m.

Latinos are the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the country, with many Latino children growing up in Spanish-speaking homes. Bilingual storytimes provide an opportunity to model early literacy practices for parents, to discover new stories and songs and to celebrate the gift of bilingualism—all in two languages! This session will describe how librarians who do not speak Spanish can implement bilingual storytime programs. The models discussed will be (a) truly bilingual programs offered by working with bilingual community partners and (b) predominantly English programs which are intentionally inclusive of Latino culture and the Spanish language. Participants will leave the session with new ideas for books, songs and rhymes to incorporate into their storytime programs, as well as useful online resources for program planning. Tools for explaining and promoting early literacy and school readiness skills to Spanish-speaking parents will also be shared.

Mi Casa es su Casa: Libraries Building Communities for Latinos

PLA, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

A panel of speakers from public libraries in the greater Chicagoland area will highlight the valuable work being done to strengthen their communities by addressing issues that concern Latinos and their communities as a whole. Participants interested in community services, outreach and programming will hear examples of libraries' roles in partnerships created to promote early and adult educational success, civic discourse and engagement, healthy eating, and enrich cultural lives. Speakers: Kathy Ladell, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Northlake (Ill.) Public Library District; Rene Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin; Tina Birkholz, Hispanic Family Outreach Coordinator, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois; Tina Viglucci, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois

Sunday, June 30

Celebrating Diversity and Community Year-round: An Academic Library Reaches Out

ALA, 12:30–2 p.m.

An often overlooked aspect of library programming is fostering community and highlighting diversity issues year-round. Traditionally, academic library outreach targets the campus, promoting library services to faculty and students. This poster focuses on how the UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s outreach program broadens the traditional role of the academic library by developing exhibits and events that draw on the rich resources of the Library, our campus and the wider San Diego community. Speakers: Dorthea Stewart, Document Collection Manager; Rachel Myers, Information & Outreach Specialist; and Gayatri Singh, Librarian, The UC San Diego Library

Making it Happen: DIVERSITY in your library

AFL, REFORMA, 3–4 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to successfully implement a strategic plan that increases staff involvement in their library in order to expand programs and services for their Spanish-speaking community. They will gain programming ideas and resources, learn strategies to enhance their outreach and external partnerships, and develop ways to evaluate outcomes and performance. Academic librarians will learn ideas about how to promote diversity within their academic campuses. How to promote language diversity in an academic setting? How can we better serve our international students? Speakers: Beatriz Guevara, Reference Librarian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library; Martha Parker, Librarian-in-Residence, University of Arkansas; Staci Falkowitz, Library Manager, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Arizona Libraries: Spanish Services and Community Outreach

RUSA, 3–4 p.m.

As a border state, Arizona has historically had a large Spanish-speaking/Latino community. With the recent increase in immigration from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, library services and outreach to these communities is needed more than ever. Come learn how Yuma County Library District and Pima County Public Library have used their resources, staff skills, and community-building to provide relevant services and programming to these ever-growing communities. We will share examples of successful programming and provide strategies for making connections to your own Spanish Speaking communities. Presenters: Paulina Aguirre-Clinch, Marissa Alcorta, Paula Maez, Emily Scherr, and Cecilia Tovar