Reviews and Blog Posts: Spanish

Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

Plaza Voices: Como aprender español

Map of Spanish-speaking countries.

Desiree S. of Barnum Branch Library writes:

La Tienda Garcia and How Computer Classes en Español Helped a Small Business Grow


This is Juan Carlos Garcia. He owns a delightful little bodega just east of Franklin St. and Bruce Randolph called La Tienda Garcia. Walk into his store and the first thing you’ll notice is the divine smell of the fruits and vegetables on display in stacks — fresh plump apricots, bristling pineapples, fragrant melons, sweet yellow mangoes and of course, enough chile peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions to make salsa for a small army.

International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

How Technology is Helping Me Learn to Babble On

(This blog post was written by Cody from the Community Technology Center.)

In preparation for an upcoming trip to Ecuador, I decided, once and for all, to learn Spanish…and I’m making real headway!

Instructions not included

Reviewer Rating:

This movie has a great story. The movie is in Spanish, but there are English subtitles. The story is basically about a father that will do anything to keep is daughter safe and happy.  I believe every parent can relate to that. The movie does have it's comedic moments, but...

The Tooth Fairy meets El Ratón Pérez

by René Colato Laínez

Reviewer Rating:

This book is great for kids of ALL ages who believe on the Tooth fairy but is also great for the kids that come from two cultures.  Everyone can enjoy the Tooth Fairy in the United States and for kids of Latin America, they can believe in El Raton Perez...

René has two last names

by René Colato Laínez

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 


Mexican Sun and Moon June 15 at 2-4 p.m.

Do you like to… be creative? Be inspired by stories from around the world? Learn new words in Spanish? Try traditional foods?
I want to invite you, your family and your friends to our awesome ART SATURDAY program at Byers Branch Library on Saturday, June 15 from 2–4 p.m.

Surrounded by theaters, art galleries and museums, recording studios, antique shops, unique restaurants, and much more, Byers Branch Library is located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe.

Learn Spanish With Children’s Materials


Have you tried reading “100 Años de Soledad” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish but it was too hard?  How about “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes?  If so, consider starting your Spanish reading extravaganza with some of the following suggestions.  Then someday, yes, someday you might get to read those wonderful pieces of literature.

Learning a new language can be a scary and challenging task.  But have you tried improving your skills by using children’s books and CDs? Yes, that’s right! The Denver Public Library has many children’s items in Spanish that can make your learning experience much more enjoyable as well as educational.

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