Spanish Speakers

The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking

United States government information in Spanish
Information and services of the government of the United States, in Spanish. It includes information about internet fraud, immigration, civil rights and laws.

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki, Services in a Multi-lingual environment
A wiki dedicated to providing a space for libraries to share their success stories about services in a mult-lingual environment.

Modern Language Association Language Map
Based on the 2000 census, this free site allows users to generate maps and tables for the number of people speaking one of 30 languages, plus seven less commonly spoken language groups in the US. Results are displayed in color-coded maps by state, county or zip code, or in table form for the entire US, state, county, zip code or metropolitan area.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission Online Signage Library
Do you need Spanish signage translations for your library? The Texas State Library and Archives Commission Online Signage Library provides translations of common library signs in Spanish and audio files to help with pronunciation.

English/Spanish Dictionary
A search site for library terminology in both Spanish and English, useful for both Spanish speaking patrons and library staff.

SOL (Spanish in Our Libraries) and PLUS (Public Libraries Using Spanish)
SOL is a newsletter for connecting librarians who serve Spanish speakers. PLUS is a growing, searchable resource bank of Spanish-language materials, including fliers, forms, and the Dewey Decimal classification system. The site features an instant discussion board and more.

Library Jargon in Spanish
A list of common library terms in Spanish from a A bilingual workshop for librarians who are Spanish speakers as well as librarians interested in learning Spanish to enable basic communication with their Spanish speaking patrons. Includes detailed bibliography of more print resources for library Spanish.

The Learning Light: Spanish that works!
A wealth of resources for learning Spanish, including a section for library staff that includes library terminology phrase lists and translated materials for patrons.

Speak Shop
A fair trade nonprofit that links students to Spanish tutors in Guatemala via one-on-one online video and voice conferencing sessions. A portion of the fees supports a public library project in Guatemala.
Includes dictionaries and forums where you can log in and ask questions of translators and native Spanish speakers on vocabulary, grammar, and phrases.

Children and Families

Family Involvement Storybook Corner
A section of the Harvard Family Research Project website which is a new source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family?school?community partnerships, all while supporting literacy. The Related Readings section has articles on family involvement in Latino families.

Colorin Colorado
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners.

Scholastic activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Scholastic provides Hispanic Heritage Month activities for children which are both entertaining and informative.

KidsHealth for Parents: Internet Safety Information for parents in Spanish
This informative site includes internet safety information for parents in Spanish. There also is additional health information for both parents and kids on issues ranging from immunization to surviving the teen years.

REFORMA Children and Youth, Adult Resource Page
This section of the REFORMA site provides ideas of Spanish story times, Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, and other Multicultural Resources for Children

StoryPlace: La Biblioteca Digital
Online stories in Spanish and English for preschoolers through elementary.

Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
The new Spanish-language section of Reading is Fundamental, Inc's website. RIF is a nonprofit dedicated to preparing and motivating kids to read.

Citizenship and Immigration

Exito en el norte
The non-profit producer of bilingual educational materials, Experience Education produced this series of Spanish videos, "Success in the U.S." in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and the Southwest Iowa Latino Resource Center. The series focuses on topics such as finances, healthcare, education, etc.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Portal
The portal for the federal department of citizenship and immigration.

California's newest immigrants
This study explores the demographic characteristics of recent immigrants to California who arrived in the United States between 1991 and 2000. Data includes their region of origin, age at arrival, geographic concentration throughout California, share of the state?s population, family composition, educational attainment, hourly wages, poverty rates, employment, rates of home ownership, and English language ability.

Collection Development

Spanish Language Collection Development Wiki
Wiki created by Paola Ferate-Soto of the Colorado State Library as a supplementary material for a workshop on reaching out to Spanish speakers in the library. Includes collection development tips for youth and adults, sample collection development policies, links to external resources for serving Latinos, and more.

The Monolingual Cataloging Monolith: A Barrier to Access for Readers of Spanish
Written in 2001, a thoughtful article on techniques, resources, and arguments for creating library catalogs that are more accessible to Spanish speakers.

Computer Skills

Latin American Search Engines
A listing of search engines and web portals from and about Latin America. Includes art and culture sites as well.

KidsHealth for Parents: Internet Safety Information for parents in Spanish
This informative site includes internet safety information for parents in Spanish. There also is additional health information for both parents and kids on issues ranging from immunization to surviving the teen years.

La Red Desenredada
La Red Desenredada is an online tutorial to help Spanish speakers untangle the web.

Learn the Net
This online tutorial is available in both Spanish and English and contains a wealth of information for anyone just getting started on the internet. It covers the basics of how the internet works, browsers, searching for information, and downloading files.

ITrain Online
Offers links to Spanish resources for learning computer basics, email, and internet.

English-Spanish Dictionary of Common Computing Terms
A basic glossary of common computer terms in English and Spanish

GCF Global Learning®
GCF Global Learning offers free web-based computer and career training programs in Spanish for beginning computer users.

Cultural Celebrations & Holidays

Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
Teaching resources from the Smithsonian Institute for Hispanic Heritage Month. Includes online exhibits, lesson plans, photographs, interviews, and more.

ALA El dia de los ni?os/El dia de los libros Resources
The Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) put together this site in partnership with National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). The resources available here include: information about educational programs, a list sponsors, free materials including a downloadable PSA by Dia founder Pat Mora and Celebrate!/Celebremos brochures in English and Spanish (available in PDF or in quantity in print), and more.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission - El Dia de los Ni?os/El Dia de los Libros Resources
This comprehensive guide offers sample activities, song, bookmarks, and other programming resources.

Scholastic activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Scholastic provides Hispanic Heritage Month activities for children which are both entertaining and informative.

Hispanic Heritage Month
A site hosted by the Library of Congress


The American Dream Starts at Your Library Toolkit
A helpful toolkit for delivering and supporting literacy services for immigrants @ your library created by ALA.

Colorin Colorado
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners. Includes reading lists, research and reports, podcasts and videos, web resources, and more.

This website offers short, self-paced online English lessons for Spanish speakers. Basic and intermediate levels are offered.

The Reading Matrix
This website created by concerned educators provides resources geared towards the language needs of ESL and international students. The site includes subject-oriented resources for English-language learners ranging from dictionaries, grammar quizzes, and speaking and listening practice.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
This website provides a multimedia experience for those seeking to learn English, with numerous free and easy-to-use listening lessons, activities and quizzes.
This website was created for ESL students and teachers, but has expanded to include information for native English-speakers wanting to improve their English grammar skills as well.
A compilation of interactive quizzes, discussion forums, lessons and links for ESL students. For teachers, this site offers lessons plans, discussion forums, a variety of useful links and more.
A fantastic comprehensive resource developed by a non-native English-speaker that includes information for both students and teachers.

Dave's ESL Café -
Dubbed the "internet's meeting place for ESL & EFL teachers and students from around the world."

Internet TESL Journal -
A "monthly web journal for teachers of English as a foreign language."

About.English as 2nd Language -
"Conversation plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of English learning."

Talk Time Handbook: Conversation Sessions for Volunteer Facilitators and Limited English Speaking Participants

How to Speak English Fluently - 34 Experts Give Their Tips
34 of the world’s leading language learning experts answer the question "What is the most important thing to achieve English fluency?" in 140 or fewer characters.

Financial Literacy

FDIC Money Smart Curriculum in Spanish
Topics include disaster preparedness, elder financial abuse, identity theft protection, introduction to bank services, credit card tips, how to keep track of your money, saving tips, consumer rights, loan information, and information on home ownership. The Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese version of the curriculum will be available Summer 2007.


Hispanic Health for the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence
Online portal of health information resources from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Includes information on topics such as border health, cultural competency for health care, PubMed alerts, statistics, and more.

National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population.

Health on the Net Foundation
HONcode is the oldest and the most used ethical and trustworthy code for medical and health related information available on Internet. The HONcode is designed for two target audiences: the general public and the web publisher, actively involving the site owner in the process of accreditation.

HealthyNJ: Information for Healthy Living
HealthyNJ is a product of the University Libraries at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Consumer Health Information Task Force, comprised of librarians from each of the four UMDNJ Campus Libraries, developed the content of the Web Site to meet the health care information needs of consumers, particularly the citizens of New Jersey. Includes information in Spanish as well as information on health needs of various ethnic groups. is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. This link will direct you to their website in Spanish.

CAPHIS: Resources in Spanish for Consumer Health Information
CAPHIS provides a forum for librarians in the area of consumer health. This pathfinder provides a series of links to various websites that offer health resources in Spanish.
From the Spain-based "Instituto para el estudio de las adicciones", this Web site contains information in Spanish on drug addiction.

National Women's Health Information Center
Here you can find original health information and thousands of health publications on special topics like pregnancy, breastfeeding, body image, HIV/AIDS, girls health, heart health, menopause and hormone therapy, mental health, quitting smoking, violence against women, statistics and daily news on women's health, and a calendar of women's health events. Information available by phone or via website in Spanish and English. en espanol
From the National Cancer Institute, this site currently contains 23 Web pages on different types of cancer, more than 100 peer-reviewed cancer treatment summaries for health professionals and patients, and a dictionary that includes 5,000 terms and definitions in both Spanish and English.

Following the Clues: A Visit to the Doctor and the Library
The University of Nebraska Medical Center has created this film on visiting the doctor and library. It is available on their website in English, Spanish, and Sudanese-Nuer.

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources
From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, this pathfinder collects resources from a variety of sources on medical topics in multiple languages.

MedLine Plus: Health information in Spanish
Health information in Spanish including a medical dictionary, a medical encyclopedia and drug and supplement descriptions.
From the Academy of Family Doctors, offers a wealth of family health, disease, and preventive health information.

Home Safety Council
Offers information on various home safety topics in English and in Spanish. 

American Heart Association
Information in Spanish and English on heart health topics.  

American Cancer Society
Information in Spanish and English on cancer topics.

Red Cross
Information in Spanish and English on topics such as disaster preparedness, safety, blood services and more.
A medical encyclopedia in Spanish with guides and information about health care and medicine.