Bilingual materials in libraries draw Criticism

Submitted by rochelle on Mon, 09/05/2005 - 19:10

The Reader's Shop writes "The Seattle
Times reports
that many libraries across the country are trying to
keep up with the growing Spanish-speaking population by adding books, magazines
and movies in languages other than English.
In some places critics are saying that taxpayer money should not be used for
a population that can include illegal immigrants or on proposals that promote
languages other than English.
The growing trend in bilingual collections is seen in rural areas as well as
large cities across the nation.
In Denver, "Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., sent a public letter to Denver Mayor
John Hickenlooper asking if the library was considering Spanish-only branches
or converting to Spanish-language material at the expense of English material."
Mr. Tancredo is an outspoken critic of U.S. immigration policies.
Janet Cox, adult-services supervisor at the Pueblo Library District, stated,
"We provide material to meet the needs of the people in the area, whether that
be in English or Spanish or another language.. . That's important. That's what
libraries do."
Public Library

Tom Tancredo