Longview Public Library Expands Spanish Collection | Local News

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The Longview Public Library has expanded its collection of Spanish language literature – a response to the area’s growing Hispanic community.

Access Services Supervisor Bronwyn Pegues said the additions were made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Texas Book Festival, which allowed the library to double its collection.

The library has received the grant in the past and has used it to expand collections of children’s and graphic novels, Pegues said.

The library offers materials in Spanish in sections for children, young adults and adults.

While the children’s department has a sizable selection, the adult section previously only had one shelf of material.

“We were able to enlarge a small section of a shelf, so now it’s double-sided,” Pegues said.

Additions to the Spanish language collection include audio books, fiction and non-fiction articles.

Pegues said the new items are in a variety of genres, including historical non-fiction, science fiction, mystery and even some translations of English works.

The need to expand Spanish literature for adults came from reviewing census data for the city and surrounding areas and recognizing the large community of Spanish speakers, Pegues said.

“I felt like talking with (senior library assistant Evelyn Oswald) it’s a pretty small collection that needs to be expanded and will serve the community better,” Pegues said.

The library offers a service where patrons can submit requests for items they would like the library to purchase for its collection.

“We would have people coming in, some might walk away with an item and some might not,” Pegues said. “We hope to attract more customers to come and check out the items. Before, we didn’t get many requests.”

Pegues encourages everyone to get a free library card, which allows customers to view 15 articles at a time

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