...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

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Oye Carlos

¿Por qué tuviste que salirte de la escuela esta mañana?
SOL 23.5 Contents:

June 30 , 2000

1. Chicago Bound? 

2. Mysterious Appearance of El Vez

3. Hints Galore for Latest Quiz




1. Invitation to cotorrear


Subject: BookExpo and ALA

From: Pamela Conroy <>


Bruce:  ALA is coming soon and with the holiday I figure there is no time to lose. If anyone wants to meet up at one of the scheduled events or an event of our own making, can you please give them my contact info:


Pam Conroy (I only check my email when I am at work)

Work tel: (847) 432-0216, voicemail 151

Home tel: (773) 777-6992 (I have voicemail but it takes 6 rings)


I will be at work July 5-7 and the 11th and 12th. I will not be at work on the 3rd (yippee!).

I have noted that Cecilia is coing to ALA, so I will send her an email. I wish I could report on BookExpo, but I never made it there myself. Of course, I am kicking myself now, but at the time, I just didn't feel like going.

Saludos, y feliz dia de independencia!



Pamela Conroy

Children's Librarian

Highland Park Public Library

494 Laurel Ave.

Highland Park, IL 60035

Tel: (847) 432-0216

Fax: (847) 432-9139


2. SOL Site Newly Navigable AND Explorable


If you had problems finding your way around our site this week, you were not alone.  The bugs have been banished, though; now it's even possible to see there a handsome photo of the dynamic El Vez.



3. José Emilio Pacheco Birthday Quiz


We noted in SOL 23 that today is his birthday, and that Las batallas en el desierto was one of the titles selected for Mexico City's recent "Para Leer en Libertad" book giveaway (for a good article on this remarkable event, see <>) but nobody has yet come up with the group (HINT!  They're from Mexico City & took their name from a hometown business) who recorded a song (HINT!  It's from their first album, released in 1992) inspired by Pacheco's novel.  The song's opening lines are at the top of this page.  C'mon, folks!  Regis Philbin himself couldn't make this any easier!


Bruce Jensen
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