...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


We pay tribute to some of our favorite battlers, beginning with a birthday toast today to Martín Luis Guzmán, the Mexican novelist and journalist born in 1887 who joined Pancho Villa's troops and later wrote one of the most important biographies of the General.  Another fellow who knew how to handle a sword was wounded on October 7, 1571 in the Battle of Lepanto, losing the use of an arm and hence turning his attention to the pen instead.  He was pretty good with that thing, too, was Miguel de Cervantes.  
October 8 is remembered in Cuba as the anniversary of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's capture in 1967 in Bolivia.  He was executed the following day.  
SOL 37 Contents:

October 6, 2000
1. Time to brainstorm about sources of Spanish-language books
2. Cross-border Library Forum XI

3. The now-customary shameless plug
4. Yogi Berra said things better left unsaid




1. Wanted: Good sources of Spanish-language materials ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From: Mignon Morse  

We are getting more and more requests for Spanish materials.  Can you suggest some publishers that write their catalogs in English who have Spanish materials?  That would be very helpful. Thank you,

Mignon Morse, Library Director
Smith Public Library
800 Thomas Street
Wylie, Texas 75098
972-442-7566; 972-442-4075 (fax)  

Recognizing the considerable accumulated experience & wisdom of the participants on this list, Flaco will mention just a few things and then step aside, awaiting your suggestions and tips.  Though Mignon Morse asked about publishers, many of the sources cited below pertain to booksellers.  In any case those, too, should be of interest to a buyer trying to become familiar with the terrain:  

The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children & Adolescents site has a page with a great search tool featuring a scroll-down list of publishers:  

REFORMA's website includes a list of bookstores & distributors: LINK

The National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education offers a linked list of 22 publishers emphasizing YA materials:  

Francisco Garcia's fabulous Latino Website Pathfinder links you to ten booksellers:  

SOL 25 printed a list of online booksellers handling Spanish-language titles.  Many of these sites do not offer interfaces in English, however: 

An online source not mentioned there is, which sells low-priced remaindered items (this, folks, is where to find ¿Dónde está Waldo?) on the Spanish titles section of their site: LINK

Among dealers printing catalogs in English are Books from Mexico (1-877-606-2005) and Libros Latinos:  

Finally, Publishers Weekly ran a story last year that's worth reading, especially because it quotes your fellow SOLista Brigida:
Publishers Weekly:  "Books Across the Border: Selling to the Spanish-Language Market in the U.S."  ('Not only do public and academic libraries buy more Spanish books than many publishers realize, but librarians across the board are also discovering that it pays to shop around for books in Spanish. "Typically only 5% of Spanish-language titles we need can be purchased through Baker & Taylor and another 5% is available from Ingram," says Brigida Campos, ethnic evaluator for the L.A. County Library System. "Although both have begun to address Spanish-language materials with catalogues, we purchase the newest titles both in and out of the U.S." ' ) 


2. Eleventh Cross-border Library Forum

FORO XI will be happening March 15-17, 2001 in Flaco's former stomping grounds of Hermosillo, Sonora.  Check out the website-in-progress at  



3. These plugs for PLUS:  Will they ever end?

Not likely.  So you might just as well visit Public Libraries Using Spanish at , try out the search engine, and--if you'd be so kind--kick back some suggestions about how to make the site work better for you.  If you're feeling really community-minded, you might even find something kicking around your library that you'd like to share with others via the site.



4. Don't quote me on it
After I lit into Bob Costas for telling us that Mexico is in Central America (SOL 35) my team of proofreaders let a few whoppers slip through their net in the last issue.  Yogi's words, courtesy of Teresa, thus seem truer than ever.  

From: Teresa Pacheco

Bruce - I laughed out loud at your posting. I think it wasYogi Berra who said, "I really didn't say all those things I said."

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


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