Maricela Leon-Barrera

Spreading ‘Bookjoy’

March 1, 2019

Conceived in 1996 by author Pat Mora, with support from Reforma and the Association for Library Service to Children, Día is a celebration of children, literacy, and diversity. This year will mark 20 years that San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) has been proudly supporting Día in our community, with the goal of connecting kids to … Continue reading Spreading ‘Bookjoy’



Hurricane Irma

Rebuilding Communities after Disasters

September 29, 2017

Now librarians around the country are working to assist in recovery efforts and connect patrons—particularly those of Hispanic and Latin heritage—with support groups, aid organizations, and other resources. Loida Garcia-Febo, president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA), who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, said the disaster there is personal: Her family is still … Continue reading Rebuilding Communities after Disasters


Touger Vang (left), public services coordinator at Yolo County (Calif.) Public Library, speaks to attendees at the Project Welcome summit on February 6. Photo: Rebecca Lomax/American Libraries

Resources for Resettlement

February 14, 2017

The refugee crisis isn’t new. According to the US State Department, more than 3.3 million refugees—persons fleeing their home country to escape persecution, war, or violence—have resettled in the US since 1975. But the summit seemed timely, as the legality as to who should be welcomed within US borders is tested, and debate among the … Continue reading Resources for Resettlement


2015 Pura Belpré Illustration Honoree John Parra (left), conference attendee Cecilia Matsko, and 2015 Pura Belpré Author Honoree Juan Felipe Herrera gather during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Pura Belpré Award to Celebrate
20th Year

October 14, 2015

In 1996, Oralia Garza de Cortes and Sandra Rios Balderrama, members of Reforma (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate) worked with Linda Perkins, former president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), to create the Pura Belpré Award, honoring Belpré’s memory and celebrating … Continue reading Pura Belpré Award to Celebrate
20th Year


Alberto Pulido, professor and chair of the department of ethnic studies at the University of San Diego, gives a tour of Chicano Park in San Diego’s Logan Heights community during the fifth Reforma conference. The park, which is celebrating its 45-year history, is home to the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals.

Reforma National Conference Wraps Up

April 7, 2015

Luis J. Rodriguez, poet laureate of Los Angeles, kicked off his opening keynote with an inspiring presentation on the importance of libraries for underrepresented populations. He tied his personal struggles as a youth to his motivation for building cultural values in his community, leading to the founding of Tia Chucha Press, a renowned small crosscultural … Continue reading Reforma National Conference Wraps Up


Ethnic Caucus Presidents Discuss Advocacy at JCLC

September 20, 2012

The Latino community, for example, “is constantly shifting and changing,” said Denice Adkins of Reforma, but the unifying group for advocacy within the Latino community of librarians is the association, she said. Because a variety of cultures make up the community, Adkins emphasized that Latino librarians need to “have a voice in librarianship.” Jerome Offord … Continue reading Ethnic Caucus Presidents Discuss Advocacy at JCLC