Hispanic or Latino Advocates Committee (HOLA)
Founded in 1998, the KCLS HoLA (Hispanic or Latino Advocates) Committee is comprised of 14 staff members. The HoLA Committee strives to bridge cultural and language barriers in the Spanish-speaking community through active outreach and culturally relevant programming.
The HoLA Committee’s mission is to reach out not only to the Spanish-speaking community, but the community as a whole, to create awareness of the rich Latino culture. HoLA members are often consulted on issues ranging from translation and interpretation to collection recommendations. Members also are responsible for bringing programs of cultural relevance to the library system, such as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
In 2008, the HoLA Committee reached out to the Latino community through creative marketing using various media outlets such as Univision Television, La Grand D Radio and La Raza Newspaper. HoLA also had a presence at various cultural fairs throughout the greater Puget Sound area, including Fiestas Patrias at Seattle Center.
The HoLA Committee created the first KCLS Spanish language brochure designed to educate Spanish-speaking patrons on materials and services available at KCLS. The first brochure highlighted Spanish language music available at KCLS and was distributed to all 44 libraries.
For more information, contact Jose Garcia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7, 2009