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El Corazón de Tejas

Central Texas Chapter of REFORMA

Meeting Notes

December 12, 2009

Terrazas Branch Library

Austin, Texas


Present: Don Bos, Bob Cárdenas, Melinda Curry, Mary Donley, Melinda Ferrell, Elva Garza, Oralia Garza de Cortés, Hope Lochridge, Ana Christy Loya, Loriene Roy, Eric Travis


Items Discussed

• Membership – Don passed out blank membership forms for the upcoming year. Current members and new members are encouraged to submit the filled-out forms and payment in person to our chapter treasurer, Bob Cárdenas, or via the chapter post office box.

El Corazón de Tejas- Central Texas Chapter of REFORMA
P.O. BOX 2463
Austin, TX 78768-2463

A link to the 2010 membership form: http://www.reforma.org/MembershipForm2010.doc

• Meeting Schedule – We discussed a variety of meeting schedules and locations, including every two months, every month, restaurant, library, etc. We will stay mainly with the fourth Saturday of each month. Don will put out a schedule.


• IMLS Laura Bush Grant – December 15 is the deadline to apply for various funds from IMLS, including the 20th Century Laura Bush Library Grant. The time period is up that prevented Loriene from applying. Status: The proposal is at the UT office. Once approved, it can be submitted online. Partners are required. The iSchool qualifies as a library; the Corazón de Tejas Chapter is the other partner. Proposed: Six students to attend the iSchool, each receiving a laptop. Option of getting a master’s in indigenous studies.


There is a nice round of people willing to host students. Eight students have inquired so far. We won’t know results until April. Our chapter voted to support the project. Don and Loriene met to do the paperwork. We must have a tax identification number and a DUNS number.


• Noche de Cuentos –Oralia told the group that Camila Alire, ALA President, will announce more details about Noche de Cuentos at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference, so caucuses can get started after that. The object of Noche de Cuentos is a night of storytelling, not necessarily book reading, held in mid-March 2010. There is a stipulation that each event involve a school library and that the audience contain both children and adults. Don will contact Anita Rubarth-Lay about the ideas we discussed at the last chapter meeting concerning a Noche de Cuentos event at Martin Middle School where she is the librarian. Another possibility would be a connection involving Sanchez and Metz elementary schools and the Terrazas Branch Library.


Meeting attendees discussed possible dates and venues for our chapter event, and Thursday, March 25 seemed to be the best date (avoiding the annual SXSW Musical Festival and public school spring break.) We talked about meeting spaces. Eric informed us that the Carver Branch Library has the largest meeting rooms. Using Carver, we could include other schools in near-East Austin such as Ortega, Zavala, and Blackshear elementary schools. If held at an Austin Public Library facility, the event could be fed through library channels for publicity. The central library needs to know six weeks ahead to do graphics for such events.


More ideas of topics and presenters included the following: Tejanos who fought against Spain in a battle near Medina; Danny Camacho, Grandma Camacho’s son (East Austin family stories); Gloria Espitia (involved in Latino oral histories); Martha Cotera; Jesse Herreras; the Mexadillos. Danny Camacho is a volunteer in Gloria Espitia’s office and at Metz Elementary School. He is involved with Save Austin Cemeteries, a project which could provide interesting stories.


Elva told us about Night of the Stars, a previous event involving “stars” of the neighborhood (the mayor, priests, Mrs. Camacho, other leaders of the community). Some read, some told stories.


Oralia volunteered to be committee chair of Noche de Cuentos. Volunteers for a working group: Oralia, Eric, Don, Melinda F., Melinda C., and Elva.


• Don’s Wiki – Don has established a wiki to help school librarians build their collections of books by Latino authors. Don has given sessions at Austin ISD vertical team meetings, and a few people have ordered books after having looked at the wiki. The wiki is called Bilingual Library Talk by Bos. To use, go to PBWorks online and ask to get on. Don will give permission.


National Reforma has a wiki; so does Austin ISD. Perhaps our chapter could start one or post to the national Reforma wiki.



Scholarship Award Winner – Oralia reported that Megan McMillian, last year’s Corazón de Tejas scholarship winner, is now the director of the Lake Travis Library District supervising 65 library volunteers and a board.


Javier Garza Visit – Ana Christy reported on author Javier Garza’s visit to Sanchez and Metz elementary schools. She had arranged the visit for Sanchez, and Don went in on the opportunity for Metz. The whole Sanchez campus was excited about the upcoming event and made lucha libre masks. Javier Garza read, embellished, and translated a different story/book to each class level, 1st through 5th grades, and everyone enjoyed his storytelling.


At Metz, Don has a Meet the Author event for book club members and hosted one with Javier Garza. (Members are students who read a book of 120 pages or longer.) Hope provided refreshments. Twenty Metz students were invited to sit with the author and ask him questions.


Literary Resources – Ana Christy is interested in more bilingual titles for her library. She will get in touch with Santillana and/or Lectorum representatives. Lectorum just got sold by Scholastic to a Colombian investor. Kirkus Reviews just vanished. Permabound does Lectorum. The Gandhi Bookstore in Mexico City and Guadalajara is Mary’s favorite. They also have a good supply of audiovisual materials.


Mayor’s Book Club – Elva announced that the 2010 Mayor’s Book Club selection is Amigoland by local author Oscar Casares.


QuinceaĖeras Event – Eric reported that a QuinceaĖeras event will be held at Terrazas Branch Library next April.


The Big Read – Hope learned from the NEA website that the Big Read will take place the third week in April of 2010.




We Shall Remain Webinar – Loriene announced that she will participate in a free WGBH webinar on December 17 from 3-4 pm. Cassandra Barnett, current president of the American Association of School Librarians, will also be on with Loriene, and the subject is planning events around the “We Shall Remain” series.


Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara – Oralia attended the festival this year. ALA sponsors $100 off airfare for attendees; the Feria gives other perks. (Suggestion: If you go, register as “professional.”) Los Angeles was the featured “country” this year. Luis Rodriguez had a lowrider display; there was a “cholas” display as well and a celebration of 25 years of the festival. The feria has developed a culture of literacy in Guadalajara. The first large, public library open to the public is being established, partly by the university and partly by the state of Jalisco. Members mentioned Ben Franklin libraries in Mexico City and Guadalajara.


Oralia had a “show and tell” of books she bought at the Feria:

Tsunami by Joydeb and Moyna Chitrakar, Petra Ediciones

Ziba vino en un barco by Liz Lofthouse, illustrated by Robert Ingpen

El paĖuelo de mi abuela (similar to Carmen Tafolla’s rebozo story) by Heinz Janisch

El pato y la muerte by Wolf Erlbruch, Barbara Riore, editor

El mayor nacimiento del mundo y sus alrededores by José de la Colina, published in Mexico.

Margarita by Rubén Darío (an old book remade). [Don’s remark: “one of the best lyrical stories”]



Future Chapter Meetings­ - The next meeting will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at the following location:

Terrazas Branch Library

1105 East César Chávez Street

Austin, TX 78702



Our chapter website: http://www.main.org/reforma/