Last month we asked what libraries are doing to reach out to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and of the libraries that responded, the majority have explored many different ways to serve these communities.
Hosting events that celebrate Latino heritage or culture received the greatest response, with collaborating with community partners, providing bilingual storytimes, and providing technology instruction/classes in Spanish all close behind.
Read about the programs libraries are offering, barriers they have faced and what library staff thought would be good to learn more about in this summary of the poll results.
When asked what would be helpful to know more about, one person put it succinctly, "How to serve such a diverse group without insulting their intelligence."
Along those lines, we hope you will join us on Thursday, July 7, for the free webinar Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families. This webinar will present strategies for library outreach to and engagement with these varied communities, laying the groundwork for successful programming. Presenters will share real-world examples of outreach strategies from librarians who successfully connected with their Latino and Spanish-speaking communities and a basic outreach process that you can adapt for your own community.