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SOL 85   April 11, 2003      The postpartum elation, interbellum depression issue.

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SOL 85 Contents:

1. New resource for kids' librarians

10. Almodóvar's not the only one who has a problem with Aznar
2. "Get Caught Reading" posters 11. Spanish-language poets against the war
3. Telemundo and Univision's war coverage 12. Why "It's a boy," not "He's a boy," and other topical concerns
4. The Turd World comes to your TV thanks to MSNBC 13. Pro-peace books for young readers
5. New toll-free health hotline 14. French fries banned; could tacos be far behind?
6. More words for "fines" 15. Massachusetts library gets serious about outreach
7. Spanish as a 2nd language 16. Ellen Brow on the Miracle of Duct Tape
8. Library Willie wins a book, thanks the Academy 17. "El periódico más chingón de México"
9. Almodóvar wins an Oscar, condemns his prime minister 18. NYPL debuts AskA service in Spanish

1. Solina debuts resource bank for Latino youth services

Juan Ponce de León's quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth came to an ironic endwhat he found instead was Florida.  If Juan's search party had had an Internet connection and five centuries of free time, they could've at last discovered La Fuente de Juventud: A Resource Place for Youth Librarians Serving Latino Communities, the latest major creation of the forever young Solina Marquis.  Their find would've been worth the wait.  (A few 16th-century browsers won't load the page, so if you're stymied try upgrading your browser or adjusting its font settings.  And keep in mind that the Fuente pages will be shifting to the Plano, TX public library's site pretty soon.)

Hello librarian friends, 

A few of you are already aware of a new Web resource, Fuente de Juventud (Fountain of Youth), that I have been putting together for youth librarians serving Spanish-speaking / Latino populations.  Here is the URL for the homepage of this new site:

This URL will change when I am able to place the site in a permanent Web home, probably sometime late this Spring.

I hope the resources help you in your work. Right now there are 3 pages on the site: Programming resources, Collection Building resources, and Emergent Literacy resources. Please let me know of any errors you find, or if you have other resources that you think should be included. I hope in the future to have a "databank" of Spanish / bilingual storytime programs. If you are interested in contributing to this, please let me know, and I'll let you know when I have this set up.

Best wishes,

Solina Marquis
Texas Woman's University

SLIS graduate student

2. Get Caught Reading posters

Name = Carmen Lau
Reply email =
Comments = Hi, I hope you can help me with this: a few weeks ago I read in a library magazine about posters promoting literacy, and there was one with Jorge Ramos.  I can't find the info on how to get them or the name of the program sponsoring this, any ideas?

Hi there, Carmen.  You can see + get it at
It's about five posters down from the top of the page, right next to Patty Duke.

Good wishes + thanks for writing in,
Bruce Jensen

[The dreamy Univision news anchor is shown thumbing though Gabo's recent memoir Vivir para contarla.  There's also a Sammy Sosa poster.  The program has been around for a few years, a joint effort of the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine Publishers of America.  2003 is a pivotal year for the effort, though, because the
AAP has declared this the Year of Publishing for Latinos.  But the multiculturalism doesn't stop there: Canada's version of the Get Caught Reading site features that hilarious peloncito from Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, Colin Mochrie.]

3. US Spanish-language TV looks at war

Jorge Ramos and his fellow Spanish-language broadcast journalists have brought perspectives to their invasion coverage that differ from mainstream US television, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a piece this week exploring the why and how: "Spanish networks compete to cover Iraq: Latino links to the war emphasized," by Yolanda Rodriguez (April 9, 2003).

Many of the casualties on the US side have been Latinos; in fact the first GI killed was Guatemalan citizen José Gutiérrez.  From the article:

On Telemundo, which is owned by NBC, Martha Martinez of Duarte, Calif., mother of Marine Pfc. Francisco Martinez Flores, tearfully called for an end to the war. Her son had been killed in combat March 25...

4. Life in a more Savage nation

Along with its ownership of Telemundo, another aspect of NBC's outreach to Latinos is, of course,  Michael Savage.  The atavistic host's March 8 debut on MSNBC had an interesting moment when a caller was suddenly disconnected after a few moments of friendly banter.  His call was terminated by the MSNBC screener the moment he said to Savage, "OK, OK. I want to ask you. My girlfriend is from Mexico, one of the places you call a 'Turd World Nation.' Who—"  Click.  My!  Wasn't that awkward.

The caller was the estimable merry media prankster Scott Pellegrino who has helped more than one fatuous celebrity embarrass himself in front of a large audience.  Savage does indeed include Latin America in his infamous Turd World, as noted here previously.  Despite the desertion of a few sponsors, MSNBC has gone on record that it's "very comfortable" with the Latino-loathing Savage's program.  Did we mention that MSNBC is a sister network of Telemundo?  We did?  All righty, then...

5. Dial 1-866-SU FAMILIA for health info

From a Department of Health & Human Services  press release:

HHS Launches Spanish-Language Hotline To Assist Hispanics with Health Issues
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on March 12 announced the creation of a Spanish- and English-language health helpline for Hispanics called "Su Familia." The toll-free helpline, 866-SU-FAMILIA, was developed and is operated by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. It is designed to give Hispanic families basic health information to help prevent and manage chronic conditions and to refer them to local health providers and federally supported programs, including CHIP. Callers can request health information, referrals to 16,000 information sources, or bilingual fact sheets on health topics such as asthma, cancer screening, cardiovascular disease, immunizations, diabetes, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. Thompson said, "Hispanics continue to face health disparities. This is unacceptable. That's why we are committed to getting information and resources to those communities where the health gap exists"...

6. Alternatives to multa

From: Anne Mello
Subject: Spanish for "fines"
[Re: SOL 84]

Hello, thanks for the newsletter.
I don't even like "fines" in English, so I use "charges;" in Spanish I use  "cobros" or "cargos."
 Anne Mello
 Pasadena Public Library
 Community Information, Reference Services

7. "Español on a roll"

We thank Uncle Sandy Berman for sending this one in, from the March 20, 2003 Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Español on a roll: Suddenly, everyone wants to learn Spanish," by John Ewoldt.  (4/15: The story is off the paper's site, so if you want to see it, write me and I'll fix you up.)  Below is the lead:

"Every day at Hennepin County Medical Center, Dr. Chris Johnson wishes that he had taken Spanish in high school instead of French. At any given time, as many as one-third of patients at the hospital's emergency center speak Spanish only..."

8. Border librarian wins drug-runner book

It was bound to happen eventually: good ol' Library Willie, herself, walked off with the grand prize in our latest contest, a copy of La reina del sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  Thanks to all the folks who wrote in with the correct answer, but the early-rising Willie got the drop on y'all this time around.

 ----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 6:28 AM
I've got the answer, dude! (SOL 84)  

Google says it's Los Tigres del Norte!  Is Google right?  If so, do not (repeat) do not send that great book to Google!  Send it to librarywillie for the benefit of the Val Verde County Library in Del Río TX!

Also, thanks to everyone that has responded to my English-Spanish medication request.  Looks like there is a hole out there that needs filling -- a resource that lists both the English and Spanish names for medications.

Willie Braudaway

[If you want to snatch a library promotin' newspaper column about the book, and the song, check this out.]

9. And Sunday, thousands will march again on Hollywood Boulevard

Your Tinseltown correspondent wants you to know that Michael Moore wasn't the only Oscar winner a couple weeks ago who denounced his nation's, uh, leader.  Brilliant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who copped the Best Original Screenplay statuette for Hable con ella (Talk to Her), dedicated his award "to all the people that are raising their voices in favor of peace, respect of human rights, democracy and international legality."  Later, in the backstage press conference, he spoke out passionately in Spanish and in English against the unpopular war policy of Prime Minister Aznar; you can see that on video if you want.

10. World's only Basque newspaper shut down by force

Librarians and information workers worldwide were shocked recently when the Spanish government of José María Aznar raided and shut down the only Basque-language newspaper, Euskaldunon Egunkaria, and arrested 10 peopleintellectuals, journalists, a priest, the Usual Suspectsunder hazy anti-terrorist measures.  You can read what Amnesty International and others have to say about this, or you can simply take pride that Pepe Aznar is on Our Side in the almighty freedom-loving "coalition of the willing."

11. Poetas Contra la Guerra

A White House poetry slam that turned sour prompted Sam Hamill in January to organize Poets Against the War.  He invited fellow pro-peace poets to submit their work, and more than 12,000 of them did.  The  Spanish-language portion of the group's website presents some well-known poets who write in that language.  By the way, many of the best of the 13,000 PATW poems will be published this month in an inexpensive anthology from Nation Books.

[We'd be remiss not to acknowledge a compassionate new initiative launched by First Librarian Laura Bush.]

12. Meet the heir to the vast SOL publishing empire

Ryujin Magón Jensen Yukawa
Born March 4, 2003 

Ryujin Magón's wardrobe by Dy-dee Diaper Service; Curious George accessories by 99 Cent Only Stores

As much as Flaco feels moved to uphold the tradition of the papá cuervo, it would be unseemly to gloat over our good fortunethe birth of a beautiful babyat a time when people's kids have been sent to kill other people's kids, when children's hospitals and schools are targeted for attack, when Baghdad women on the eve of the invasion were rushing for premature C-sections so they could avoid going into labor in a city under siege.  We all saw Saddam's statue being toppled, but countless mutilated Iraqi toddlers who don't make such good television ended up on the Cutting Room Floor of History.

We hope this little character grows up in a better world, one that has smarter and more humane leaders than ours.  His dad's of the opinion that when it comes to shaping better, smarter, more humane worlds, nobody has a more important role than library workers.  So let's make a deal.  Mr. & Ms. Flaco will take care of the diapers and the food and all that stuff, but we're counting on you to keep the Library Flame burning bright and warm.  These are some dark and stormy times.  You know how to keep it glowing despite all that.  We're depending on you.

13.  Weapons of Mass Instruction

Thanks to Marie Kaneko and Flor Romero (yes, that Flor Romero; that Marie Kaneko, too), the Spanish-language section of our list of children's books about peace has a bunch of titles.  We're still looking for more, so don't be shy with your suggestionsparticularly if you know something about graphic novels and comics in any language. 

Flaco's partner on that project, Alison Clement, was quoted in USA Today this week.  As you know, it's The Nation's Newspaper.  The article is called "Gentle titles teach kids to give peace a chance: Themes are safety, courage, human spirit" (April 8, 2003).

14. Freedomadillas

The recent measures taken to remove French fries and French toast from The Nation's Menusurely, the USA's finest hourgot an underfed librarian to worrying about what could happen if Mexico ever decides to cross us.  That country holds the gavel at the UN Security Council this month.  We might pay tribute to staunch ally Pepe Aznar by reviving the label "New Spain" for our southern neighbor, but what will become of all our Mexican restaurants?  If preemptive tortilla reform does take hold, you'll read about it here.

15. In the news: Arkansas libraries refine Spanish-language services

The library in Waltham, Massachusetts made news this week, at least locally, by creating an outreach position for a longtime employee who speaks Spanish.  "Library hires full-time Spanish speaker" is the odd headline of a story in the April 10 Daily News Tribune that's worth a read.

16. If the patrons don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy

From: "Ellen Brow"
Subject: Cinta plateada [Re: SOL 84]

Just a note about the Spanish translation for duct tape.  Duct tape and cinta plateada are used on the web site:

Besides Prairie Home Companion and The Red Green Show, duct tape has wide religious support in the U.S. from the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), mechanical types, etc.  I understand (I think) where your emotional response to duct tape comes from, but I think maybe cinta plateada is the answer (to almost everything).  As with most things technical, the library world is cautious about jumping in with both feet, but maybe we need to be looking at library applications for duct tape.  I will let you know if anything occurs to me.

Keep up the good work.

Ellen H. Brow
Reference Coordinator, Davis Branch
Yolo County Public Library
315 E. Fourteenth St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-5593
(fax (530) 757-5590

17. El laughs at the unfunny

The brave Tarnel Abbott up in Oakland, where folks like Tarnel routinely eat rubber bullets, sends along a link to Mexico's dashing political humor site El ("El diario más chingón de México").  It highlights the sophisticated reasoning behind the Iraq invasion, and is even better if you have your computer's sound turned on.

[4/14/03:  International library association IFLA weighs in on the notion that just as you've gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette, you've gotta help destroy a few world-class libraries and museums to, y'know, liberate Baghdad.]

18. Spanish-language online reference at New York Public Library

From: Denise Shereff

New York Public Library announces a new Virtual Reference Service for Spanish-speaking patrons. I am attaching the Press Release for this exciting project on Catherine Jones' behalf and with her permission. Her contact information is at the bottom of the document.

Denise Shereff, MLIS
Coordinator of Spanish Virtual Reference Services
LSSI – Library Systems & Services, LLC.
800/638-8725 x271 - Voice mail
For Release: March 19, 2003

The New York Public Library and City Council Member Jose M. Serrano Announce Live, Online Reference Service for Spanish-Speaking Community

Research Information Online and Find Immediate Answers to Your Questions in Spanish with ¡Información en Vivo!

Need help with homework? Need to research a topic? Is Spanish your first language? ¡Información en Vivo!, The New York Public Library's new online reference service for Spanish speakers, may help...

"As Chair of the City Council Committee on Libraries, I am delighted at the commitment The New York Public Library is making to ensure access to information is had by all," said Councilmember Serrano. "Language will no longer be a barrier to information. Spanish speakers of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from this exciting new service, wherever they live, work, or study."

The latest census figures indicate enormous growth in the population of Hispanic people in America. In the Bronx alone, immigration increased by 33 percent between the years of 1990 and 1994, over that
experienced in the 1980s, with approximately 76,000 new individuals arriving, mostly Latino immigrants from the Caribbean.  Today, 47 percent of all Bronx residents are of Latino origin.

At the beginning of each virtual reference session, patrons will be able to chat live, with a librarian,
in Spanish. ¡Información en Vivo! will provide access to reliable information through electronic resources
and reference collections. This unique service, easily accessible from any home, school, or office computer with Internet access, will help make the search for information simple and convenient. ¡Información en Vivo! can be accessed at

¡Información en Vivo! is supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Contact: Debbie Bujosa at (212) 704-8658 or at

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Catherine Jones
Web Coordinator, The Branch Libraries
The New York Public Library
455 Fifth Avenue,  NY, NY, 10016

Peace out

Bruce Jensen           Junior Partner/Editorial Intern: Ryujin Magón

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