The University of Puerto Rico's Learning Resource Center Promotes Culturally Relevant Childhood Literacy

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The Learning Resource Center (Library) at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus is a space dedicated to study, research and the sociocultural enrichment of all our visitors. Our library offers access to information in many different formats, and our personnel educate our community on how to effectively search for information, and its ethical and critical use. Our community consists of five thousand undergraduate students, faculty, non-academic staff and the children who attend our campus preschool.

Housed in the library, in the Sala de Niños y Jóvenes Isabel Freire de Matos (Isabel Freire de Matos Children's and Youth Room), is a special collection of Puerto Rican and international children’s and youth literature. With this collection, we hope to foster a love of reading and plant seeds of cultural self-awareness in the children who will hopefully make up the universit…

[Cover Reveal] Clemente, Corazón de Pueblo: Illustrating the Politics around Roberto Clemente

We are delighted to bring you the exclusive cover reveal for Puerto Rican children's author Wanda I. De Jesús Arvelo’s forthcoming children's book, Clemente, Corazón de Pueblo, a picture book biography of the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player, Roberto Clemente. Rosa Colón, who was a Featured Illustrator in our May 2018 issue, illustrated the book. Victor Maldonado is the book's designer.

Clemente, Corazón de Pueblo is the third book in the Los Súper Gigantes children's book series, a project of the Municipio Autonomo de Carolina (Autonomous Municipality of Carolina) and the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (Puerto Rican Foundation of the Humanities). Each book in the collection highlights a historical figure who has made important contributions to Puerto Rico and the wider world.

In Carolina, Land of Giants, we have many heroes.
Our Roberto Clemente is one of them.
Childhood hero. Sports hero.
Hero to justice. Hero to solidarity.
This is his story.


Exhibit to Use Books to Help Children Make Sense of Hurricane María, Climate Change

I have many memories of the months we spent in darkness after Hurricane María, when we were trapped in the largest blackout in United States history and the second largest on record worldwide. Each day, as the sun started to slip out of the sky, we would race to prepare for long nights of solar lamps and candlelight, camp stoves and generators. Woven into the sound of evening preparations and generators starting up were also the sobs of my neighbors’ children, as they begged their mother, “por favor, mamá, no la noche.” After enduring those endless months without electricity, many Puerto Rican children still feel terror when the night comes and have learned to fear the rain.

As a professor of literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, I am now leading a large-scale public humanities project with a group of student collaborators titled, “Mi María: Puerto Rico After the Hurricane.” The project uses biographical methodologies—with a special focus on oral history—situa…

The Use of Children’s Literature in Puerto Rican Learning Institutions

The need to support preservice teachers in building rich and deep knowledge of culturally relevant children's and young adult (YA) literature is something that has gained traction in Puerto Rico's university teacher preparation and library studies programs. Inspired by mounting calls for books that reflect Puerto Rican children's lives in the primary and secondary school English language arts curriculum, a new generation of English teachers, youth librarians and teacher educators across the Puerto Rican archipelago are examining their reading habits. They are also investing in their own continued growth, learning, and development as advocates of Puerto Rican children’s and YA literature, and youth literature more generally.

We are delighted to exclusively publish the below conversation between Yazmín Méndez Bonet and Dr. Melissa Lee García Vega, a middle school English teacher and a university English professor respectively, both of whom teach in the Aguadilla-Isabela-Sa…

May 2019— Special Issue: Puerto Rico

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Foreword / Prefacio

• Y este cuento (no) ha terminado: Rebuilding, Rewriting and Resisting in Puerto Rico by Sujei Lugo Vázquez , Issue Editor

Nonfiction / No ficción
• Re-Writing Hurricane María: Owning our Stories and Creating New Narratives by Adriana De Persia Colón

• En escribir Mi ISLA bella, mi ISLA hermosa / On Writing Mi ISLA bella, mi ISLA hermosa by Isset M. Pastrana Andino

• Leamos Más, Puerto Rico / Read More, Puerto Rico by Mel Solórzano García

• The Use of Children’s Literature in Puerto Rican Learning Institutions— a conversation between Dr. Melissa Lee García Vega and Yazmín Méndez Bonet

• El Centro de Recursos de Aprendizaje en la Universidad de Puerto Rico promueve la alf…

Re-Writing Hurricane María: Owning our Stories and Creating New Narratives

Howling winds and roaring waters still ring in my ears two years after Hurricane María ravaged the archipelago of Puerto Rico. I had often heard of storms that destroyed villages and cities, about people who had been forced to evacuate if they wanted to survive, who returned to nothing and had to start anew. But what happens when you can’t simply drive away? When you can’t just jump on an airplane to escape assured devastation? It wasn’t just a city or a town that needed to be evacuated—it was our entire archipelago, the place and space that held our memories, dreams, and hearts. What do you do then?

You wait. You wait and hope that you’ll make it through this because you know you’ve endured so much already. You see the hurricane slash through everything before you. You see it flood your surroundings. You see it pass and marvel at the destruction. You hope your family is okay, both those who live on the archipelago and those who live elsewhere. Your friends and relatives abroad are…

Puerto Rico Necesita Bibliotecas (Puerto Rico Needs Libraries)

Libraries are spaces for intellectual growth, social development, empowerment, and leisure. They are spaces dedicated to making reading and learning available for everyone as a way to invest in the social and cultural capital of a community. At the Puerto Rico Necesita Bibliotecas (Puerto Rico Needs Libraries) Advocacy Project , we believe that libraries must be a primary part of a country's educational plan.

Puerto Rico does not have a national system of libraries that includes school libraries, public libraries, academic libraries and specialized libraries, despite the fact that Puerto Rico’s public policy related to the development of our libraries (Law No. 188 of 2003) makes such a system mandatory. Therefore, we cannot expect that the current controversial plan for the educational restructuring of Puerto Rico will prioritize libraries.

The information access, reading and recreational needs of Puerto Rico’s children and youth are not being addressed by Puerto Rico’s Dep…