...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 19   May 17 , 2000
Happy birthday to Salvador Dalí and his1989-Nobel-Prize-in-Literature-winning paisano, Camilo José Cela.  Yes, there is a Nobel Prize site, not affiliated with the Foundation.  You can find out about Sr. Cela at
SOL 19 Contents:


1. Americanos documentary this week on HBO

2. Two comprehensive pathfinders



1. Meet El Vez


The documentary Americanos is slated to air several times on HBO in the days to come.  Good reports about this one...your best chance yet to acquaint yourself with the music of the legendary El Vez <> and the hard-edged verse of the Taco Shop Poets <>, both featured in the film.  Here's a bit of the press blurb:

 "Conceived and co-produced by actor and activist Edward James Olmos, and directed by the Oscar®-nominated team of Andy Young and Susan Todd (Lives in Hazard), AMERICANOS: LATINO LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES features three- to six-minute profiles filmed in  Los Angeles, San Diego, New Mexico, Illinois, Miami, New York and other locations, focusing on Latino-American individuals or groups and the unique ways they express their culture and individuality."



2. Let's Get Lost


...if only to treat ourselves to the privilege of calling on two terrific pathfinders devoted to resources apt to be of interest to you:

 Correctional educator and Latin Americanist Lorna Rios maintains one called

"Border Studies and Chicano/Latino Studies" at

 Francisco Garcia, a truly pathbreaking librarian with long experience in the field, has built a comprehensive "Latino Website Pathfinder" at


And don't forget: If you want an uncomplicated pathfinder in Spanish, aimed at inexperienced Internet users, you'll find one at


Bruce Jensen
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