Multicultural services librarian expands bilingual programs
Ryan Summerlin April 20, 2012
The Summit County’s Library new Multicultural Services Librarian wants to hit the ground running when she begins her fulltime schedule in May. In particular she is planning to beef up the county library’s literacy programs for both children and adults.
"Right now I’m forming partnerships, getting program ideas together and finding out the needs in the area," she said. "I’m surveying people, asking ‘where do you see a need or where are the areas we can improve?’ Some of the feedback I’ve gotten is there is a great need for English classes, and there is also a great need for adult literacy."
One of Hodson’s goals is to help Hispanic residents feel welcome and safe at the library. She also hopes to form a group called "Latina" for moms and women who are isolated either by work or because they are raising families. The group will help women socialize with other women in the area. Hodson said she will even help the group members fill out job applications and apply for jobs online.
"We’ll have the women get together and we’ll talk about for example, preventing diabetes. Someone from The People Health Clinic might come in and talk and then show a movie and talk about different books," she said.
Hodson grew up traveling back and forth between Bolivia and Utah, and has family living in Latin America. She previously worked in the Salt Lake City Public Library for seven years before going to school for editing in technical writing, and then returning to her library position.
"I always loved libraries and intellectual freedom and sharing knowledge," she said. "I come from a long line of teachers."
A few events Hodson is planning for this spring and summer include bilingual story times and movie night and a bilingual summer reading program.
For more information about the spring and summer programs at The Summit County Library visit www1.youseemore.com/SummitCounty .