Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Diversity Program Presents
“Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community”

DATE:    April 11, 2013

TIME:    10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PLACE:  Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District

19901 Stoney Island Ave, Lynwood, IL


Registration is Free at L2:

Note:  Please bring your lunch or be prepared to order pizza.


Ms. Vandella Brown, Manager, Illinois State Library Diversity Program

Mr. Jay Newman Hidalgo, MA. PSA

Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Accessibility and Customer Support

Mr. Dennis Rios, Spanish Content/Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online

REGISTRATION:  No Fee—Register at:


This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.

  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.

  • Listen to speakers from the Hispanic culture/community and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian

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