Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Spanish collection debuts in Clarksville Public Library

"In an effort to reach out to Clarksville's Spanish-speaking population, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library will soon have a variety of Spanish novels, reference books and children's materials available to the public."

"Library Director Steve Lesnak said the donation means as many as 70 books will be added to the library's collection."

"'It will be a combination of adult and children's books,' he said. 'We will have some adult books on coping, a book on how to gain citizenship and plenty of novels by native speakers from South America and Spain.'"

"Juan Vasquez, the president of Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education, said he is grateful the need for Spanish library materials has been recognized."

"According to 2000 Census data, 5.2 percent of Montgomery County's population is of Latino or Hispanic descent, and 3.8 percent of the county's population speaks Spanish at home."

"Additionally, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is in the process of allocating Spanish books and software to libraries across the state. The materials were paid for through the federal Library Services and Technology Act. It is not yet clear when those materials will be available in Clarksville."


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