...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 33 Contents:

September 10 , 2000
1. Know any good bilingual dictionaries for kids?
2. Materials for the deaf
3. Guadalajara book fair: Unorthodox advice
4. Most popular Web portals in Latin America

5. Bestselling books: Only three Potters in top ten
6. Meet Roxy Ekstrom; advise her where to buy children's music
7. SOL site searchability



1. What are the best Spanish-English dictionaries for gradeschoolers?
From: Vona Van Cleef

Question: I need to hear about good Spanish/English dictionaries (Spanish to English and English to Spanish in one volume) for students in grades 3-5. What are your favorites? Thanks for the help.

Vona Van Cleef, librarian, Alta Vista Elementary, El Paso, TX
If you believe everything you read, better not read.
--Japanese Proverb

2. Materials & resources for deaf Hispanics

From: Marie Kaneko

In a previous position, I worked with the hearing impaired at the former MCLS Deaf Resource Center in Santa Fe Springs, (since moved). I have three items here in our collection the Battle Creek folks may want to borrow or purchase?

Christensen, Kathee
Educación Trilingüe
San Diego State Univ., 1985

Lawrence, Edgar D.
Lenguaje por señas simplificado
Gospel Publishing House, 1992

Come sign with me
Hafer, Jan C.

Marti Paul may also want to contact the Texas and the New Mexico State Schools for the Deaf. If I recall correctly, they have published textbooks for parents. Also please try the Gallaudet University Bookstore in Washington, DC.

Good Luck!
Marie Kaneko
Commerce P.L.
Commerce, CA
From: Teresa Pacheco

Was going to send this just to Marti, but these websites may be helpful to others.

A deaf coworker recommended the following site: - which is where I found signfiesta: - videos in signed Spanish.

Teresa Pacheco
Computer Services Asst.
Hall County Library
127 Main St., NW
Gainesville, GA 30501
From: Flaco

A number of Latino deaf organizations (including Deaf Aztlán; no, that's not a rock band) can be found at

3. Feria Internacional del Libro: Solid advice for y'all
From: Teresa Pacheco

Hi Bruce - some neat sites that you posted!
About FIL - I was lucky to go last year and it is wonderful!! This is going to sound crazy, but the best thing I did was to visit a couple of local bookstores close by. I purchased books and videos from the bookstores, and asked them to take the books over to the Federal Express office so I could ship them back here immediately. By the time I got back to Georgia, the books were here! I think the shopping center is the Plaza de las Americas, and there are 2 bookstores - Librerias Gonville. Helpful staff, good prices.

One caveat - I was only able to use my credit card at one of the locations, because although it is a Hall County Credit Card and I had proper paperwork, the card had my director's signature instead of my own, so I spent a good deal of time selecting materials only to find upon checking out that I could not use my credit card. So...if you have a personal credit card that you are allowed to use and then be reimbursed by your library system, that will work fine, or if you are lucky enough to have a library charge card with your name on it, the same will work.

At the fair - Libros sin fronteras are very good with personal assistance. They will assign someone to walk around with you and select materials. Some favorite vendors whose booths you should check out - Planeta, Diana, Lectorum.
Hope this helps.

Teresa Pacheco
Computer Services Asst.
Hall County Library
127 Main St., NW
Gainesville, GA 30501

4. Top six Internet portals in Latin America
The September issue of the magazine lists the results of a survey of 291 Webheads from eight Latin American countries.  Their portal of choice was Spain's Terra at , followed in order by Universo Online (Brazilian company, with a Portuguese-language portal at  as well as others tailored to different nations, for e.g. Argentina at and Mexico at ; most major Latin American portals employ a similar multinational approach), Starmedia at, El Sitio at , Yupi at , and Patagon at

5. Top ten bestselling books among U.S. Hispanics
And from that most popular portal  comes this list ( of top-selling books, compiled by a large online bookseller:

Estos son los libros que más están leyendo los hispanos en Estados Unidos, según la lista de
Raúl Salinas y yo por María Bernal
Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkabán por J. K. Rowling
El proyecto genoma humano por Thomas F. Lee
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire por J.K. Rowling
La fiesta del Chivo por Mario Vargas Llosa
El día que los pájaros cayeron del cielo por Federico Krafft Vera
Ortografía de la lengua española por la Real Academia Española
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal por J. K. Rowling
Rabos de lagartija por Juan Marsé
A Los Pinos por Vicente Fox

6. Where d'ya get kids' music in Spanish?  Meet storyteller Roxy Ekstrom
From: Roxy Ekstrom

Hola Solistas,
First, a brief introduction.  I've been lurking for months, picking up all sorts of good info from all of you.  I'm a Youth Services Librarian at Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Il.  We have a growing Hispanic population, mostly Mexican, with a sprinkling of South American and Puerto Rican.  As the YS collection development librarian, I've attended FIL for the past 2 years and am planning on this year, too.  (Oh the things we do for our jobs!)  My Spanish is limited - 8 am classes at a commuter college 30 years ago does not make one fluent - but I'm trying.  We're doing more outreach this year, I'm planning a Spanish language storytime - I'll just read the stories to the group.  So far I've chosen El Sapo que no quería comer  by   Martha Sastrias,  La Señora Regañona by Susana Sanroman, and poems from Chuchurumbe  by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.  I found all 3 of these at FIL last year. Maybe I'll do Salta, Ranita, Salta just for the audience participation, too.  Does anyone have any favorites they'd like to suggest?

Now, my needs -- we've had requests for tapes & CD's of popular children's songs in Spanish.  We have a few, but need more. Does anyone have a good source for these?
Thanks in advance.

Roxy Ekstrom
Youth Services Collection Development Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
Schaumburg, IL

7. Some serious SOL searching is in order
Here in SOL City we're all excited about the shiny new search tool on our home page.  One quick click will scour each and every SOL issue, and the Public Libraries Using Spanish site to boot, for any search terms you please.  Give it a try at the URL below.

And we're still searching for a correct answer to the José Feliciano quiz [SOL 32].  If it's hints you want, well--

Don't be discouraged
The quiz, it ain't so hard to understand..."

If you cop to that one, you won't have far to go.  Good luck.


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