1. Bilingual dictionaries
for young adults
From: Margot Kavanagh email@example.com
I want to respond to the list about the bilingual dictionaries:
We use two bilingual dictionaries in our homework assistance program:
1) Cervantes Walls Spanish and English Dictionary
NTC Publishers $11.95 ISBN (cloth) 0844279749
Economical and compact, 500 pp, good sized print for grades 5 -12
2) Spanish Bilingual Dictionary: A Beginners' Guide In Words
Barrons' $8.95 ISBN (paper) 0764102818
Designed for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children;
we use for grades 2-7; only 1400 words
70% of the children in East Palo Alto CA schools are Hispanic.
Would love to know what dictionaries other libraries are using.
East Palo Alto Library
2. A stumper for fans of Western novels
From: Antonio Arroyo firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to request your help and that of your reading listserv
members. I have a reference question that I can't find the answer
to. A staff member wants to find out the name of the series of Western
books he says he read some twenty years ago. He does not remember
the name of the author nor any of the titles in this series. The
only thing he does remember is the nickname of the main character
of the series. The nickname is "El Halcon".
He thinks the series takes place in Texas. I talked to the staff
person who asked the question and he said that the series was written
originally in English.
I looked up for this nickname in the Dictionary of American Literary
Characters / edited by Benjamin Franklin V ; associate editors,
Gary Geer and Judith Haig (New York : Facts on File, 1990) but so
far I have not found the answer. I would appreciate your help.
¡Gracias de antemano!
[The nearest Flaco could get was Louis L'Amour's
Sackett family saga, in which Falcon Sackett plays a supporting
role...then there was Western screen star Buster Crabbe's palomino,
3. Spanish-language library instruction video
From: B.J. Doty email@example.com
We just finished producing a Spanish language video introduction
to our public libraries. It's 8:45 minutes in length, and
we have copies available to agencies in Washington County (Oregon)
that would find it useful as an education tool in working with their
Latino clients. The video explains the process of applying
for a library card, looking for materials on the shelf, searching
the online catalog, requesting materials from another library, checking
out materials, and loan periods.
B.J. Doty, Program Educator
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
111 NE Lincoln St., #230-L, MS 58
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-3036
[Have your libraries produced or used such videos?
Any tips for the rest of us? And please contact B.J. if you
want to hear more about the Washington County project.]
4. Bestseller lists of Spanish-language books
From: Phalbe Henriksen firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce,
Any possibility of asking the people who put this list [SOL 33]
together to divide it up into fiction, non-fiction and children's
for those of us with little Spanish?
Other than that, I love having the list available.
[Good point, Phalbe; I have submitted
that suggestion to Terra.com, and perhaps if they hear from more
of us they will make such a change. Terra has several bestseller
lists posted at
and they are updated frequently.
A less recent one, of bestselling books in Puerto Rico, is at http://www.estado51.com/2000/Junio-2000/00-06-12b.htm
5. José Feliciano quiz solved by webfooted cataloger
We congratulate David Landazuri, first to submit
correct answers to the latest quiz. Informed of his good fortune,
David was kind enough to invite Flaco for a visit when his Greyhound
bus rolled through Eugene a couple days ago, and added, "Buen
viaje, ojalá que el perro gris le trate bien." If only
> In honor of this versatile entertainer, our latest SOL quiz
asks, first of all, the title of that 70's show on NBC for which
Feliciano did the theme song.
- Chico and the Man.
>Part 2, the real tough part, is to name the 1996 movie in which
Feliciano appears singing in the Celebrity Room to the delight of
an addled & altogether weird Steve Buscemi.
Do I win?
Catalog Dept., Knight Library
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon .
6. Best New Artist is older than you
The first Latin Grammy Awards were handed out last night here in
the City of Angels, and somebody forgot to put ol' Flaco on the
guest list. In spite of that oversight, special SOL props
go out to past quiz topic Café Tacuba whose Revés/YoSoy
double disk copped Best Rock Album (perceptive review at
); captivating Colombian Shakira Mebarak who was named Best
Female Pop and Rock vocalist, a true Renaissance woman;
and above all to Buena Vista Social Club hero Ibrahim Ferrer, a
young man born in a Havana dance hall 70-odd years ago and winner
of the award for, get this, Best New Artist. Got some good
music you want to recommend to other librarians? Visit
and write a review, why don'tcha.
From: Marie Kaneko email@example.com
Commerce, CA P.L. Hi Bruce,
I was unable to open the attachment to view SOL 33 after three tries.
Could you please continue to send it out as a regular message? I'd
really appreciate it!
[That spurious attachment to SOL 33 is a mystery to me, too.
Sending an attachment with this software requires two separate commands
but I didn't give either one; it's an empty phantom attachment and
I'm sorry for any confusion. We recently decided not to send
any file attachments with SOL, ever. Documents requiring special
formatting will be hung on the (searchable!) website where all these
SOLs end up,
and thus made available to everyone.
Which brings me to the posting that follows: It is
unusually long, but included here because it's so rich in timely,
relevant data. Please let me know if you would prefer to see
long postings summarized in SOL and hung on the web in their entirety,
instead of packed in your email box.]
Subject: Census Bureau News
8. Hispanic census data (great for the grantwriter)
From: Amy Kinard Medford Reference Department
Jackson County Library
413 W. Main St.
Medford, OR 97501
Hola Bruce. This article on libs-or listserv
has good news, and could serve to remind us that some of our less
visible patrons, the Spanish speaking patrons, are becoming more and
more a part of mainstream society. I don't know if SOL is a proper
forum for this article so leave it to your discretion. If you can't
use, no problema. I can't tell you how great it is to have this forum
for librarians working with Spanish speakers.
Census Bureau Facts for Features: A product of the U.S.
Census Bureau's Public Information Office
September 11, 2000
Hispanic Heritage Month 2000: September
Income and Poverty
- Hispanic households experienced their third consecutive year of
rising income, going from $27,043 in 1997 to $28,330 in 1998, a
4.8 percent increase. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/1999/cb99-188.html>
- Hispanic per-capita income rose 4.5 percent between 1997 and 1998,
from $10,941 to $11,434.
- The poverty rate for Hispanics declined during the same period,
from 27.1 percent to 25.6 percent and the number of Hispanics who
were poor in 1998 (8.1 million) did not change statistically from
- The 1998 poverty rate among Hispanic groups ranged from about
31 percent for Puerto Ricans and Mexicans to 14 percent for Cubans.
- Families of Hispanic origin had a significant decline in their
poverty rate: 22.7 percent in 1998, down from 24.7 percent in 1997.
- The voting-age population of Hispanics in November 2000 is expected
to be 16 percent greater than in November 1996. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-125.html>
- The voter registration rate for Hispanics increased from 31 percent
to 34 percent between 1994 and 1998.
- More than one-half million more Hispanics voted in the 1998 congressional
election than in the previous one held four years earlier (4.1 million
compared with 3.5 million). In contrast, the number of people overall
casting ballots declined by 2.6 million.
- The voter turnout rate among Hispanics remained unchanged between
the 1994 and 1998 congressional elections, at 20 percent, in contrast
to the turnout rate among all adults, which declined from 45 percent
to 42 percent. If noncitizens had been subtracted from the total
number of persons of voting age, the Hispanic turnout rate
would have been about 13 percentage points higher in 1998.
- The proportion of the Hispanic population age 25 and over with
a high school degree or higher increased from 51 percent in 1988
to 56 percent in 1998. The proportion of Hispanics with a bachelor's
degree was 11 percent in 1998, not significantly different from
the 10 percent at this level of education a decade earlier. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/cb98-221.html>
- The estimated proportion of the Hispanic population age 25 and
over with at least a bachelor's degree in 1999 ranged from 25 percent
for Cubans to 7 percent for Mexicans.
- Hispanics were a more sizable presence in 1998 in our nation's
elementary and high schools (14 percent) than they were in the general
population (11 percent).
- In 1999, about 68 percent of Hispanic families were married-couple
families, while 24 percent were maintained by a woman with no husband
present and 8 percent, by a man with no wife present.
- Eight in 10 Cuban families were maintained by a married couple
in 1999, the highest percentage among Hispanic groups. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-38.html>
- In 1999, 34 percent of Hispanics, age 15 and older, had never
been married, while 55 percent were currently married, 4 percent
were widowed and 7 percent were divorced.
Coming to America
- In 1997, 13.1 million (1 in 2) of the nation's foreign-born residents
were born in Latin America, an impressive increase from the 1.8
million (1 in 5) who resided in this country as recently as 1970.
- In 1997, there were four Latin American countries among the top
10 countries of birth of the nation's foreign-born: Mexico, Cuba,
the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.
- Although U.S. residents born in Latin America can be found all
across the country, most live in only a few areas. The difference
is the place of birth of their Latin American-born residents. For
example, in 1997, about 3 out of 4 U.S. residents born in the Caribbean
lived either in the New York or the Miami metro areas. And more
than half of the Mexican-born population lived in the Los
Angeles and Chicago metro areas and the state of Texas.
- In the Miami metropolitan area in 1997, people from Latin America
made up the overwhelming majority (87 percent) of the foreign-born
- On July 1, 2000, an estimated 32.4 million Hispanics lived in
the United States. They comprised 11.8 percent of the total population
on July 1, 2000, up from 9.0 percent on April 1, 1990. (These totals
do not include persons living in Puerto Rico, estimated at 3.9 million
as of July 1, 1999.) <http://www.census.gov/population/estimates/nation/intfile3-1.txt>
- The nation's resident Hispanic population increased by 10.1 million
people between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 2000. <http://www.census.gov/population/estimates/nation/intfile3-1.txt>
- The nation's resident Hispanic population is young, with an estimated
median age on July 1, 2000, of 26.6 years. <http://www.census.gov/population/estimates/nation/intfile3-1.txt>
- Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the nation's Hispanics
in 1999 were of Mexican origin. People of Puerto Rican origin accounted
for 10 percent of the total Hispanic population, while people of
Cuban origin, Central and South American origin and other Hispanics
accounted for 4 percent, 14 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
- According to projections, the Hispanic population will triple
from 31.4 million in 1999 to 98.2 million in 2050. Under this scenario,
the percentage of Hispanics in the total population will rise from
12 percent to 24 percent over the period and by 2005 they would
become the nation's largest minority group. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-05.html>
- It is estimated that between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 2000,
Hispanics accounted for 38 percent of the nation's resident population
growth. According to projections, between July 1, 2000,
and July 1, 2050, Hispanics will account for the majority (51 percent)
of the nation's population growth.
As of July 1, 1999, according to population estimates:
- The Hispanic population of seven states totaled at least 1 million
each: California (10.5 million), Texas (6.0 million), New
York (2.7 million), Florida (2.3 million), Illinois (1.3 million),
Arizona (1.1 million) and New Jersey (1.0 million). Combined,
California and Texas were home to more than half of the nation's
- The states with the highest concentration of Hispanics were New
Mexico (where Hispanics constituted 41 percent of the total population),
California (32 percent), Texas (30 percent), Arizona (23 percent),
Nevada (17 percent) and Florida, Colorado and New York (15 percent
- The 10 counties with the largest Hispanic population were Los
Angeles, Calif. (4.1 million), Dade, Fla. (1.2 million), Cook, Ill.
(930,000), Harris, Texas (910,000), Orange, Calif. (800,000), Bexar,
Texas (780,000), San Diego, Calif. (750,000), Maricopa, Ariz., and
Bronx, N.Y. (about 580,000 each), and San Bernardino, Calif. (570,000).
- All six counties where at least 90 percent of the residents were
Hispanic were in Texas. These counties were Starr (98 percent),
Webb (95 percent), Maverick (95 percent), Jim Hogg (93 percent),
Brooks (92 percent) and Zavala (91 percent). <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-126.html>
Between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 1999, according to population
- California (2.8 million), Texas (1.7 million), Florida (760,000),
New York (450,000) and Arizona (400,000) added more Hispanics than
any other states. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-126.html>
- There were six states where the Hispanic population more than
doubled: Arkansas (where it increased by 170 percent), Nevada
(145 percent), North Carolina (129 percent), Georgia (120 percent),
Nebraska (108 percent) and Tennessee (105 percent).
- The 10 counties that added the most Hispanics to their populations
were Los Angeles, Calif. (790,000), Dade, Fla. (300,000), Harris,
Texas (260,000), Maricopa, Ariz. (240,000), Orange, Calif.
(240,000), Cook, Ill. (240,000), San Diego, Calif. (240,000), Riverside,
Calif. (210,000), San Bernardino, Calif. (190,000), and Bexar, Texas
The Spanish Language
- The percentage of U.S. public high school students taking Spanish
courses more than doubled between 1982 and 1994, from 12 percent
to 27 percent. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/1999/cb99-238.html>
- In less than a decade's time, the number of registrations in Spanish
courses at U.S. colleges and universities climbed by nearly 50 percent
from 411,000 in fall 1986 to 606,000 in fall 1995.
- As of 1998, the United States had 20.2 million Spanish-speaking
adults age 18 and over 10 percent of the total adult population.
The preceding facts come from the Current Population Survey,
the Statistical Abstract of the United States and population estimates
and projections. The data are subject to sampling variability and
other sources of error. Previous Census Bureau Facts for Features
African American History Month (February), Valentine's Day (February
14), Women's History Month (March), Census Day, 2000 (April 1),
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Mother's Day (May 14),
Father's Day (June 18), the Fourth of July, Back to School (August)
and Grandparents Day (Sept. 10). Questions or comments should be
directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office (Tel:
301-457-3030; Fax: 301-457-3670; E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
[Originally posted to libs-or
Craig A. Smith
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem, Or 87301-3950
503-378-4277 ext 238
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