...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


Today’s Maximum Birthday Boy is none other than Simón Bolívar, liberator of nations, plower of seas, changer of worlds, who entered this one on July 24, 1783 in Caracas, Venezuela. <>

SOL 25 Contents:

July 24, 2000
1. Online Spanish-language Booksellers
2. Serials in Spanish
3. A Boy Named Doroteo
4. What's Up With Chispa
Contando Cuentos in Nevada




1. Online Spanish-language Bookstores Galore
Even though Jeff Bezos is Cuban, his cyber-bookstore with the South American name would rather sell you a barbecue set than an obscure title by a Latin American author.  But how would you like an online bookseller with an inventory of 300,000 titles in Spanish and 200,000 in Portuguese?

Have a look at, an ambitious retailing effort based in Miami Beach that boasts offices in Mexico City, Caracas, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Madrid, and San Francisco.  Don’t stop there!  You might find even better prices at, out of Colombia.

Other online librerías offering large selections in Spanish include <> and in the US; Mexico’s,, and <>; Spain’s <>, <>, <>, and <>; Argentina’s <>, <>, and <>; and <> in Venezuela.

2. And If It’s Serials Suppliers You Seek…
From: Teresa Pacheco

Faxon is a good one. Also, many libraries are already using EBSCO for serials (we do)- I called our EBSCO contact person and they have a Spanish Language magazine catalog and they are sending it. <> - ask your serials person if they already have a catalog for non-Spanish materials. It probably has your rep's name in it to make direct contact.

Teresa Pacheco
Hall County Library
Gainesville, GA

3. No Wonder He Changed His Name
From: Willie Braudaway
Subject: Pancho Villa’s real name
According to The New Handbook of Texas, Pancho Villa's real name was Doroteo Arango. I'm sure lots of others have beat me to the punch, but it was fun!

[Library Willie, a sure hand with a new handbook, was a little quicker on the trigger than our man in Caracas Cesar G. Alvarado, who also had the right answer to the latest SOL puzzler, so she rides away with a free book.
Speakin’ of which--]

Got the book you sent (Old Southwest, New Southwest) for my prize for guessing Cafe Tacuba. I was in Mexico City three weeks ago, btw, and walked by the Cafe Tacuba. Also visited the Diego/Frida complex in Coyoacan -- very interesting and still modern.

Thanks for the book. It's of interest to me and I look forward to reading it. I already skimmed the essay by Powell. [That’s Lawrence Clark Powell, big hero of Flaco.] He was the mentor of the librarian who ran the Border Heritage Room at El Paso Public Library, where I worked from 1996-1999, and where I learned most of my Spanish.

Steve Roehling (505) 873-6638 voice
Branch Manager (505) 873-6639 fax
South Valley Library
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System
3904 Isleta SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

4. The Last Word on Chispa
From: Marge Fauver (work) (personal)
Subject: CHISPA magazine

Here is the information I got from my other Listserv (REFORMA).
Unfortunately it isn't the answer we had hoped for.

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)

> From: Books From Mexico []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 3:25 AM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: REFORMANET/Spanish Language Magazines - still being
> published & looking for distributors
> I have just spoken to Imelda Silva at Innovacion y
> Comunicacion, S.A. de C.V., publisher of the magazine CHISPA. She
> informs me that… the last issue to be released was issue number 196      > (January 2000).
> Previously subsidized by the Mexican government, the magazine
> has been in private hands since 1991 or 1992. Its financial
> situation deteriorated every time the cost of paper in Mexico
> increased. During the past year or two the publisher tried selling
> advertising space to increase revenues, but this was insufficient
> and the magazine has been suspended until further notice.
> The head of Innovacion y Comunicacion, S.A. de C.V.,
> ingeniero Fernández de la Garza, is searching for alternative
> financing schemes to renew publishing. However, according to Imelda
> Silva, no further issues are expected until at least the end of this    > year.

> --S. Lief Adleson
> Mexico City

5. Marie Heads for Nevada to Tell Tales in Spanish
From: Marie Kaneko
Subject: NV Storyteller

Hi "Flaco",

I just wanted to let you know that I responded to Brigida's urgent call (SOL 24), and hooked up with the folks in Nevada. I'm looking forward to going.

Marie Kaneko
Commerce P.L.


Previous Page
What's new
Contact us
Anti-copyright © 2002 Not-for-profit use encouraged All other rights reserved.