[Libs-Or] [Reforma_or] Congratulations Mock Pura Belpre Organizers

CURE Kristen kcure at springfield-or.gov
Fri Oct 23 11:02:55 PDT 2020

I’d like to echo others here and say that Rodrigo and Carly did a fantastic job with this year’s Mock Pura Belpre. It was hands-down, the absolute best virtual event that I have attended. They did a great job preparing material for the public beforehand (all those wonderful YouTube book talks!) and a fantastic job making the books accessible in our virtual discussion format. Zeke Peña’s presentation was engaging and just excellent. The participation of the local school district and public school students was such an impactful way to engage their local community! Great job, Carly and Rodrigo!

Kristen Curé
Latino Liaison Librarian
Hablo Español

Springfield Public Library
225 5th St.
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 726-2232 / Relay: 711
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From: Reforma_or [mailto:reforma_or-bounces at omls.oregon.gov] On Behalf Of Max Macias
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2020 7:32 AM
To: Marci Jenkins
Cc: reforma_or at omls.oregon.gov; libs-or at omls.oregon.gov; carlyg at dpls.lib.or.us
Subject: Re: [Reforma_or] [Libs-Or] Congratulations Mock Pura Belpre Organizers

Congratulations and thank you for your leadership on this Rodrigo and Carly!

This work is important and wide-reaching.


Max Macias

On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 5:04 PM Marci Jenkins <Marci.Jenkins at mcminnvilleoregon.gov<mailto:Marci.Jenkins at mcminnvilleoregon.gov>> wrote:
Hello everyone,

Just would like to congratulate librarians Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas and Carly Garzon Vargas for the outstanding delivery of the Mock Pura Belpre Award, for those of you who are not familiar with this event, This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth and REFORMA- Oregon promotes a mock version each year.

Rodrigo and Carly had the arduous task to make a Zoom event, interesting and engaging enough to keep 40 librarians entertained and connected for few hours and I have to say they accomplished that and more! I was actually sad to leave the event… The presentation by illustrator Zeke Peña was fascinating and all the books presented sparked on me the desire to promote them to our little patrons and their families. Kudos for extending participation to  Bend/Deschutes School District, engaging teachers a students to this event has been my longtime dream.

Thank you for this amazing and educational time!

Marci Ramiro-Jenkins
Reference Librarian/Latinx Outreach Coordinator
Oregon Library Association EDI Anti-Racism Committee Chair

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