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Spanish for Libraries

Language Access

Colorado State Library supports Colorado libraries have the resources, materials, and education to ensure access to Coloradans with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and provide equitable services and resources to all current and potential library users. Materials have been created, shared, and available for editing by local libraries based on the needs of Coloradans as assessed using key demographics. This website and all resources created to support language access and equity at Colorado libraries has been done so following guidance for serving LEP individuals from IMLS and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Materials for Public Libraries

English Posters & Flyers

Spanish Posters & Flyers 


Demographics & Population Research 

Resources for Creating Spanish-Language Materials

Programming Resources for Hispanohablantes/ Spanish-speakers

Language Translation Services 

Organizations & Partners

Español for Library Folx 

Español for Library Folx is a six-week language learning community and conversation circle for library staff in the state of Colorado, hosted by Colorado State Library. This community is not a Spanish language course, nor is it intended to substitute for formal Spanish language instruction. It is intended for beginning to intermediate Spanish speakers or speakers with basic conversational fluency who work in library spaces and want to learn and practice Spanish contextualized for library work. Cohorts meet weekly over a six-week period to learn and/or practice terms and phrases relevant to library work and library spaces. Sessions will provide the opportunity for peer-learning and practice in a non-judgmental, supportive space. 

The program will include:

  • Hour-long sessions once weekly for six weeks via Zoom
  • Support for accessing and utilizing Spanish language learning materials
  • Basic vocabulary for: Customer Service, Getting a Library Card, Circulation, Events, Reference, Technology
  • Opportunities to practice basic library service-centered Spanish with other learners in library contexts

Learn more about Español for Library Folx (PDF) 

Vocabulary Lists

Reading Materials

  • Soñadores, por Yuyi Morales – Read aloud in Spanish  
  • Lola en la Biblioteca, por Anna McQuin y Rosalín Beardshaw – Read aloud in Spanish  
  • La Llama Llamo Rojo Pijama, por Anna Dewdney – Read aloud in Spanish  

Additional Language Learning Materials