The majority of the teens we serve in Anaheim are bilingual, and dual-immersion programs in school are expanding across all grade levels in our city. Teen Read Week is giving us the perfect impetus to create programs celebrating bilingualism and reinvigorate our YA Spanish collection.
Our main Teen Read Week event is a visit from Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, A Girl In Pieces. Isabel lives locally, and writes vividly about what it's like to grow up as a Hispanic teen in Southern California. Her writing rings true with Anaheim's teens, offering an invaluable point of connection with literature.
Gabi, the main character of Isabel's book, learns to work through some difficult things in her life by creating a zine in English and Spanish that reflects her struggles. As part of our Teen Read Week festivities, we're hosting a month-long zine workshop in which teens will collaborate to create their own bilingual zine. The zine will be distributed to other teens at the library, and even added to the zine collection at the Long Beach Public Library! An added bonus of the zine workshop - at each session, a staff member will bring a snack that reflects their background to share, opening up a discussion about various cultural backgrounds.
Last but not least, the Teen Read Week grant allowed us to significantly expand our YA Spanish collection. As more and more Anaheim students are participating in dual immersion programs and need to develop bilingual literacy, we have had greater demand for this collection, but haven't had funds available to infuse it with new titles. We have purchased more than 30 popular YA titles for this collection, and moved it to a more prominent location with a beautiful new sign (pictured below).
Anaheim Public Library teen staff is excited and thrilled to offer these bilingual services to our teen community!