...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


Each year on January 15, Central America's most popular pilgrimage site welcomes thousands of the faithful to pay their respects to the famous Black Christ in its amazing cathdral. The town of Equipulas, Guatemala has a year-round population of about 10,000, but this weekend that figure won't mean a thing. Link I | | Lin kII





Charo's flamenco guitar
disk released last year
Also on the 15th we mark the birth in Murcia, Spain of one María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza. Her first words may not have been 'cuchi-cuchi,' but little matter, because that became the phrase that will follow her everywhere after she shortened her name to Charo. She is a sparkling flamenco guitarist, believe it or not, and in recent years has released several well-received disks. The year of her birth has frequently been called into question--some sources insist that she fooled a Las Vegas judge into changing the birthdate on her naturalization papers and passport from 1941 to 1951. If she was really born in '51, then she was only 15 when she wed Xavier Cugat. We at SOL don't care one way or the other, and wish her a happy birthday indeed. -

SOL 47 Contents:

February 14 , 2001
1. Tax information galore in Spanish
2. Spain's Premio Nadal awarded
3. New 'Hispanic children's book award'
4. Disney begins marketing Spanish-language products in US



1. Nuestros impuestos

Tax help for Spanish speakers is available from a variety of sources. Today's _La Opinión_ (Los Angeles) has a detailed, box-by-box explanation of the W-2 at (believe it or not)
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which kicks off a series that will run through April 15. The newspaper invites tax questions to and will soon mount a dedicated website. Stay tuned.

The IRS offers a number of useful documents in Spanish, findable through , and their printed Publication 579SP, general filing information in Spanish, is all yours with a call to 1-800-829-3676.

ARA Content, a cost-free source of articles for press and Web reprint, also features many pieces in Spanish on tax topics.

They're indexed at and your free registration as a member allows you to print and use the items as you please. You could, for example, photocopy some of these for your library's tax form display.

Castañeda Business & Tax Service, Inc. of San Diego has mounted a detailed page of tax advice at

And even your buddies at H&R Block now have a limited Spanish-language presence on the Web at

2. Nadal Prize 2001

Since 1945 the Premio Nadal, Spain's oldest literary award, has honored novelists of that nation. Last week the honors went to Fernando Marías Franco for _El niño de los coroneles_, described as "a globe-trotting detective story about tyrants...inspired by the regime of the late Romanian despot Nicolae Ceaucescu." Read all about it (in English)


3. Arte Público Press introduces book award

More than 1,000 entries came in, and this month Arte Público Press promises to announce the first winner of its "Reading with Energy" Hispanic Children's Book Award aimed to address "the need for more culturally relevant bilingual reading materials for Hispanic children." The story's


4. M-I-C...K-E-Y...R-A-T-Ó-N

Find out why, and how, those relentless marketeers at Disney Interactive are now pushing Spanish-language versions of their games and computer products here in the US:


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