Promising Practices in Colorado Library Diversity
Category: Collection Development
Library: Las Animas Bent County Library Date: 10/31/2007 Brief Description: The Hispanic Selection was added to provide service to the underserved non English speaking population, allowing them access to information for student achievement, lifelong learning and entertainment.
Library: Cotton Creek Elementary School Date: 11/20/2007 Brief Description: I place a color-coded letter sticker on the front of each of our picture books. That way, our students with Down syndrome can help shelve the books. This is a great career-training activity, our students feel important and valued, and they are a big help in our library.
Library: Arapahoe Library District Date: 1/23/2008 Brief Description: A list of links to youth literature awards celebrating a wide variety of audiences, themes, topics, genres, and formats. It resides on our website, arapahoelibraries.org.
Library: Westminster Public Library Date: 4/1/2008 Brief Description: We are in the process of creating a language area in the library that will cater to the needs of patrons learning new languages, and to customers whose first language is Spanish. Over the course of the past two years we have pulled together all of our language materials. These materials include Spanish language materials in multiple formats and for all ages, and language instruction materials in multiple formats. These materials include instruction in English, American Sign Language, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese, among others. We have put all these in one area, and having done so, have increased circulation of these materials considerably. Now we are in the process getting new shelving and furniture in order to make the space more inviting.
For additional information, contact: Jean Heilig, 303-866-6731