...una biblioteca es un gabinete mágico en el cual hay muchos espíritus hechizados. Despiertan cuando los llamamos; mientras no abrimos un libro, ese libro, literalmente, es un volumen, es una cosa entre las cosas.      - Emerson

Public Libraries Using Spanish


SOL 16   April 19 , 2000
SOL 16 Contents:


1. Looking for magazines for grrrls

4. Meet Peter Fekety
2. Tu Bibliotecario Electrónico 5. More on Venezuelan libraries

3. Meet Laurie Willis

6. This issue's quiz: Magical realism

1. Help!  Need (young) teen 'zines!
I sent a request which I never found in the SOL digest and wonder if it was lost in the outage. We are looking for recommendations for periodicals in Spanish for 5th-6th grade girls. The magazines we have for teens seem too sophisticated for this age.

Marge Fauver, Librarian
Eastside Branch, Santa Barbara Public Library
1102 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone 805-963-3727, Fax 617-344-0433  (work)  (personal)

[See SOL 13 for Marge's original question, and please let us know what you think.  For this audience that might be a little young for and Eres, are there good magazines in Spanish ?]

2. New Spanish-language pathfinder available
The pathfinder mentioned in SOL 5 has taken up residence on OCLC's CORC server.  In the long run, that's a good thing  which will enhance its accessibility and useful life.  The down side is that it will not "go live" until this summer.

I have however placed a working version on the Web.  You can get to it via the SOL homepage or at this URL:
Please feel free to modify and use this pathfinder in any way you wish.  I kept down to a size I feel users would find manageable, so undoubtedly you will see good items missing.  I hope you will send suggestions and favorite sites; I'll be happy to modify both versions of the pathfinder, and even create new, specialized ones in CORC, if there is an expressed demand.  So, con toda confianza, let me know what you think...

3. Meet Laurie Willis and help her with a Cinco de Mayo bookmark
From: Laurie Willis

Dear Bruce,
Thank you for your warm welcome to SOL. The SOL website is quite helpful, and I hope that the list will also be helpful and interesting.

By way of introduction: I am a cataloger at Hayward Public Library in Hayward, California. I have been here for not quite six months, so I am still finding my way around. One of my primary responsibilities is the care and feeding of the Spanish language collection. (Which includes not only cataloging, but selection, weeding, etc.) I am learning about selection tools, distributors and sources, Spanish subject heading lists, and the likes and dislikes of the Spanish-speaking community. I'll be looking forward to hearing what others are doing with all of these.

I am currently attempting to design a Spanish bookmark which we can hand out at the local Cinco de Mayo celebration to advertise the library. Does anyone have any graphics/ideas that I could "borrow"?
Thanks much!
Laurie Willis

4. Pupusas in Washington, DC:  Meet Peter Fekety
From: Peter Fekety <>

Hola...stumbled across your website via Librarian's Index to the Internet and have enjoyed what I've seen so far - please sign me up for your online discussion list - I'm in a public library in suburban
Washington, DC, which serves a huge Latino population - primarily Salvadoran, but from all over - and I'm always looking for ideas/help in finding ways to serve them - thanks - Peter Fekety

5. Yes, they lend books in Venezuela
From: Henry Georget <>

Yo soy de Venezuela y te aseguro que la Biblioteca da los libros en préstamo circulante, siempre y cuando tengas carnet de usuario. Por lo menos era así hasta 1994, cuando me vine a vivir a los Estados unidos.
Henry Georget
Washington, DC
I'm from Venezuela, and I can assure you that the library lends books out to cardholders.  At any rate that's how it was in 1994, when I moved up here to live in the US.

6. And speaking of Venezuela...

Which Venezuelan writer/educator/politician coined the phrase "magical realism" (realismo mágico) in 1946?  A free book to the first correct respondent!

Bruce Jensen

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