Learn how to better serve your Spanish speaking community in upcoming PLA webinar

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/19/2016


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Marketing and Membership

Public Library Association (PLA)


CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community. “Beyond Bilingual Storytime and ESL: Digging Deeper into Your Spanish Speaking Community” will take place on October 5 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

This webinar will assist you with identifying an underserved segment of the community and developing an outreach plan. Instructors Simone Groene-Nieto, intercultural librarian at Arapahoe (Colo.) Libraries, and Ady Huertas, branch manager of the Logan Heights Branch, San Diego (Calif.) Public Library, will give unique examples of outreach to underserved Spanish speaking communities and solicit audience participation. You will leave this webinar with an outreach toolkit and network of like-minded public librarians.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to identify an underserved Spanish speaking segment of your community for an outreach focus;
  • Have gained outreach ideas from other librarians that you can implement in your library; and
  • Be ready to develop an outreach plan to reach an underserved Spanish speaking group in your community.

The cost to attend “Beyond Bilingual Storytime and ESL: Digging Deeper into Your Spanish Speaking Community” is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, October 3.

This webinar is also available at a discount as part of the three-webinar PLA 2016 Rewind: Post-Conference Webinar Series. Register for the series to participate live in the October and November webinars and for access to an archived recording of the September webinar.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.