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International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

Summertime Daydreaming

What If You Had Animal Hair!?

Lots of daydreaming and imagining happens in the summer. It's a perfect time to wonder about all sorts of things like What If You Had Animal Hair!? or What If You Had Animal Teeth!? Or when you visit other places, do you ever wonder what it might be like to live there? If You Lived Here: Houses of the World gives you an idea of what it might be like to live in houses around the world.

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014

Gabriel García Márquez, photo

Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. NPR has a great audio remembrance of his life and legacy. It mentions his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature he won in 1982. If you've never read it, it's an amazing speech, weaving together the magic and reality of Latin America in a beautiful piece of writing that's moving, sad in parts, and insightful, yet filled with touches of delight and humor--and ultimately hopeful.

Reading to Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children

Image: woman and child reading, ASL (Gallaudet University image)

Reading to deaf and hard-of-hearing children is just as important as reading to hearing children; in fact, the same things are important: creating a literacy-rich environment, building vocabulary, engaging children's brains, building confidence and more. There are, however, some different considerations. The Belmar Library (Jefferson County Libraries) will host a workshop called:

Gateway to Reading: Book Sharing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children based on effective book sharing techniques as outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children. The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, November 29.

 

Mexican Journalist & Author Elena Poniatowska Wins 2013 Cervantes Prize

Image Elena Poniatowska

This week Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska became the fourth woman, first Mexican woman, and fifth Mexican to win the highest literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world, the 2013 Cervantes Prize (Premio Cervantes).

She is recognized for her lifelong career as a journalist, essayist, novelist and poet whose work addresses Mexican socio-political movements and themes, many focusing on history and the disenfranchised and poor.

Help Denver's Hungry: Holiday Canned Food Drive

Image: gift of strawberries

Start the season of giving by donating food to Denver's hungry. Ross-University Hills Branch Library is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Metro CareRing, one of Denver's largest hunger-relief programs providing nutritious food and other items and services to individuals and families in need. Not sure what to donate?

Some of the items on Metro CareRing's list of Top Ten Needed Food Items are:

--canned fruit (in water, natural juices or light syrup)

--canned entrees (hearty soups, chili or canned chicken)

--breakfast cereal (whole grain and 10 grams or less of sugar)

--peanut butter

--canned tuna (in water)

Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library ¡Ándale!

Mural by Carlota EspinoZa at Byers Branch Library

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and the perfect time to look at the wealth of relevant, inspiring, informative, and entertaining resources and activities we have. The highlights below don’t begin to capture all of it!

Ford-Warren: One Branch One Story

Chrichlow Family at Ford-Warren

The Crichlow family visits the Ford-Warren Branch Library on a daily basis. The family owns a neighborhood bike shop and they travel everywhere on their bikes even when it is raining.

They always check out large quantities of books and they put them inside their bike pannier to travel home. Some of Jade’s favorites include the Geronimo Stilton series, cooking, and sewing books. In addition to signing up for the Summer Reading Program they also attended various other programs at the library.

Pa' todos: The 2012 Latin GRAMMYs

Jesse & Joy: ¿con quién se queda el perro?

I have no patience for TV awards shows, but I love the Latin GRAMMYs! And this year's performances and winners were no exception. Last night's event (November 15) showcased the fantastic variety that is Latin music and the winners reflected that diversity, too. We're fortunate to have the music of many of the winning artists and albums available for checkout in the Library.

Juanes won Album of the Year and Best Long Form Music Video for MTV Unplugged, his collaboration with Spanish composer Joaquín Sabines. Jesse & Joy won in multiple categories--Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video.

Check out these winners:

Carlos Fuentes, November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012

The Writings of Carlos Fuentes

Prolific Mexican intellectual, novelist, essayist, and occasional commentator Carlos Fuentes died suddenly May 15, 2012 at the age 83. The author of The Writings of Carlos Fuentes quotes Fuentes as saying that "writing implies an engagement with history, culture and identity." There is no doubt that Carlos Fuentes engaged generations worldwide in truly seeing and contemplating Mexico.

Carlos Fuentes gave many fascinating interviews and many of them are available to watch online. The library has many titles by and about Carlos Fuentes, in Spanish and English. Here are a few:

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