(just to clarify – “biblioteca” is where you can check out books for free
whether a “librería”
is where you actually buy them. Confusing…I know). Like many other developing
countries, the options where not great, but I loved chatting with “el
bibliotecario” (the librarian). He was a book himself. He knew so much about
the story of the city I grew up in, and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with
others. I also remember walking into a few “librerías” and enjoying the smell of new books, the crispiness of new covers, and the sound of light ‘silence’ (if that makes any
I love being surrounded by books, and checking out as many as 45+ books for my
classroom (thanks to my teaching card). The truth is there is a true passion
for books in this country. Everywhere you turn, there is someone reading either
an actual copy or in an electronic device.
into a rich selection of Spanish books. While I feel fortunate that in many of
the Los Angeles Public Libraries there is a somewhat decent selection of
Spanish books, I wish the selections where endless. I would love to check out
rich Spanish literature especially for children.
time for local libraries to increase their selections (especially in a time of
deep budget cuts), there is a new site that seems to have great selections when
it comes to children’s literature in Spanish. It is a bookstore, not a library,
so you will need to buy the titles. Yet, so far I am impressed by the selection
they have and most importantly the events they hold in/around the L.A. community.
Check them out and let me know what you think. Here is the link http://www.la-libreria.net/.
I would love to hear from you.