As a learning journey made possible by the American Dream Literacy Initiative, two librarians traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with area librarians, educators, and cultural ambassadors and brought back with them a wealth of information on the reading and educational habits and interests for Puerto Ricans on the island. This will better inform our programming, outreaches, and collection building as we gather greater insight into how best to offer library services and resources to this large and growing population in Osceola County. This year, the Osceola Library System adopted a local high school library through a program sponsored by the American Library Association. Through arrangements made by the school’s media specialist, our librarians toured the San Juan campus of the University of Puerto Rico, visited a local library in Dorado, engaged school children in Loiza, and spoke with many in the fields of education and libraries. Our librarians even live streamed their journey on Facebook to the delight of our social media followers. It was truly a moving and informative experience that they plan to share with the Library and local community.
The American Dream Literacy Initiative, a grant offering of the American Library Association, is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.