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New Spanish-language titles available at Cornelius Library

Maria Aguilar, Latino outreach coordinator for the Cornelius Library, along with a representative from the Beaverton Library, headed to a weeklong book publishers’ festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, last November.

“Our mission was to buy as many Spanish language books as we could with $4,500 provided by the Washington County Library system,” said Aguilar, an 11-year employee at the library.

The new collection of books arrived last week, and contains some 300 titles for all age groups, from children to adult.

Another advantage of being at the book festival in person was that “it gave us a chance to make sure the books were of good quality [and] in the original Spanish language — not a translation,” said Aguilar.

This was the second year this trip has been funded by Washington County. In 2014, a representative from the Hillsboro Library accompanied Aguilar. “That first year we were able to purchase about 200 books,” she said. “People noticed them right away, and there has been lots of check-out activity.”

Aguilar said that before the books can be placed on shelves and ready for circulation, they have to be recorded and cataloged. “Our goal is to have all the books on the shelves by the end of the month,” she said.