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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 other agencies provided on the LEP.gov site

Materials for Libraries

English Posters & Flyers

Spanish Posters & Flyers 

Buttons 

Demographics & Population Research 

Collection & Acquisition of Spanish-Language Materials

Creating Spanish-Language Materials

Services and Programming for Hispanohablantes/ Spanish-speakers

Language Interpretation/ Translation Services 

Colorado-based Document Translation with Library Experience

  • A2Z Language Services 

Organizations & Partners

Español for Library Folx 

Español for Library Folx is an eight-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 an eight-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 eight 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

For more information on this program, please email Cristy Moran at moran_c@cde.state.co.us 

Vocabulary Resources

Reading Materials

  • Soñadores, por Yuyi Morales – Read aloud in Spanish  
  • Lola en la Biblioteca, por Anna McQuin y Rosalín Beardshaw – Read aloud in Spanish  
  • Make Make at Denver Public Library 
    • E-cards are open to any applicants regardless of location and retain perpetual access permissions. 

Additional Language Learning Materials


Adult Library Services Consultant

Cristy Moran (she/ her/ ella) is the Adult Library Services Senior Consultant at the Colorado State Library and is eager to consult with and support you in program development and facilitation, outreach, finding resources, assessment and evaluation, and collaborating with community partners. She is a librarian, an educator, an instructional designer, and an information literacy specialist who has worked in libraries and education for over 15 years. In supporting all Colorado libraries (including public, academic, and special libraries), Cristy's role can best be described as the adult services librarian’s librarian for Colorado. 

Cristy Moran

Cristy Moran

Adult Library Services Senior Consultant
Colorado State Library
201 E. Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 720-926-2159
Email: moran_c@cde.state.co.us
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