Past Events


2014 Latino Literacy Roundtable: Digital Literacy

Date: Friday March 14, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Arizona Historical Society
949 E. 2nd Street (Corner of Park Ave. and 2nd Street)
Tucson, AZ


The Latino Literacy Roundtable provides an opportunity for scholars and community members to meet, discuss, and share information about the development of literacy of Latinos in English and in Spanish, and to promote the bilingualism and biliteracy of Latinos.


Guest Presenters: This year’s event will include a panel discussion on various issues involving digital literacy.  Panelists include Rosario Carrillo, UA Mexican American Studies, Janet Ceja, SIRLS, and Verónica Reyes-Escudero, UA Special Collections. The topic of the panel discussion is Enhancing Opportunities for Digital Literacy for Latinos in the Community: Challenges and Opportunities. They will each lead a round table discussion following the panel discussion.


Each year a well-known author(s) is invited to sign books.  Distinguished authors have included Sam Quiñones, René Colato Laínez, Sarah Cortes, José-Luis Orozco.  2014 authors will be Antonio Quemado Gómez & Frank de la Cruz.

Poster Session:  Poster session will take place after lunch. Call for Posters is forthcoming. 

Continuing Education Unit: One CEU will be available for participants who submit a poster and participate in the round table discussions.

Registration: Advanced registration is required.  Registration deadline is March 10, 2014, to  Open to the public at no cost.  Lunch provided to participants.  


Sponsors of the Latino Literacy Roundtable include the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), Karen Williams, UA Libraries; Richard Ruíz, UA Department of Mexican American Studies; Melinda Cervantes, Pima County Public Libraries- Aaron Valdivia, El Pueblo Branch Public Library, REFORMA (an affiliate of the American Library Association), Regina Romero, City of Tucson Council Member Ward 1, Ricardo Pineda Albarrán,Mexican Cónsul, and Linda Whitaker, Mary Ann Ruelas, and Laura Hoff,
Arizona Historical Society.


For further information contact LLR Chair-Patricia Montiel Overall at

SIRLS 2014 Partners:

University of Arizona Libraries | Mexican American Studies | Arizona Historical Society | City of Tucson Council Member Regina Romero (Ward I) | Cónsul de México, Ricardo Pineda Albarrán  | REFORMA-An affiliate of the American Library Association | El Pueblo Branch Public Library



2013 Latino Literacy Roundtable: Family Literacy

Date: Friday March 8, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Sam Lena South Tucson Branch Library

1607 S. Sixth Ave.  (south of 22nd Street)

South Tucson, Arizona 85713


The Latino Literacy Roundtable provides an opportunity for scholars and community members to meet, discuss, and share information about the development of literacy of Latinos in English and in Spanish, and to promote the bilingualism and biliteracy of Latinos.


Keynote speaker: This year’s event will include a talk by Dr. Iliana Reyes, professor in the College of Education at the University of Arizona.  Her talk will focus on the development of bilingualism and biliteracy.

Dr Reyes is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Education who is well-known in the community for her work with schools, parents, and children involving bilingual, bicultural, and biliteracy development. She is the Director of the Early Childhood LiBRO (Literacy and Biliteracy Resource Office) project, a resource collection that provides undergraduate and graduate students and teachers with updated research materials and early literacy development bilingual books to be used in the classroom with preschool and elementary educators and children. In addition, she is a Principal Investigator for CREATE (Communities as Resources in Early Childhood Teacher Education), a new partnership between the University of Arizona, College of Education, the Helios Educational Foundation, and federal and private funded local early childhood education programs in the Tucson greater area. She has also collaborated as part of La Zona de Promesa in South Tucson (Children’s Promise Zone) to support and advance educational community experiences for children and families working side by side with local and state educators and service providers. Her current research encompasses a range of key issues in the areas of early childhood, early language and literacy development, biliteracy, and the Reggio Emilia approach and inquiry in young children. Dr. Reyes has also examined family and student engagement and their learning experiences outside the classroom and how these provide opportunities for young children to explore their 100 languages and use these to express their knowledge and theories about their worlds.  A complete biography of Dr. Reyes is available at


Parent panel: Also included in this year’s event is a panel discussion of family literacy by parents from Los Amigos Elementary School: Juanita Jiménez, Mirna Samaniego, Socorro Reyes, Inés Dórame, Martha Soqui, Lourdes Guzmán y Luz González.  They will discuss their parent involvement in planning and implementing family literacy events.


Guest author: This year’s guest author is José-Luis Orozco.  He is a well known and respected bilingual educator and author of children's literature and recording artist.  His published works include Caramba Kids, Rin, Rin, Rin, Do Re Mi, Canto y Cuento to name a few. He welcomes children and adults to find fun and exciting music that will make children sing, dance, clap, and laugh while learning basic language and literacy skills that engage them in an interactive musical experience.


He says that he prides himself in providing rich Latin American culture in his music and desires to pass on this heritage to the children of today so that they may take pleasure in passing it on to the children of tomorrow.  A complete biography of the author is available at


The Latino Literacy Roundtable is open to the public at no cost.  Lunch will be provided for participants.  Space is limited to 50 participants.  RSVP to Patricia Montiel Overall at by March 1, 2013.


Sponsors of the Latino Literacy Roundtable include the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (UA-SIRLS), UA Libraries, UA Department of Mexican American Studies, City of South Tucson, Pima County Public Library, Sam Lena South Tucson Library, REFORMA-Tucson, and Spanish Publishers.


Schedule of Events:
9:00-9:15 Greeting (Facilitator Gina Macaluso)
9:15-10:15 Speaker Dr. Iliana Reyes (Introduction by Dr. Richard Ruiz)
10:15-11:15 Padres de Familia Panel

11:15-12:15 Roundtable Discussions (Concurrent) 

12:15-1:30 LUNCH 

1:30- 2:00 Poster Presentation
2:00-2:45 Guest Author, José-Luis Orozco,
and Author Book Signing 

2:45-3:00 Despedida

For further information visit or contact:

Dr. Patricia Montiel Overall at


Organizing Committee:

Patricia Montiel Overall
Leanne Yoder
Gina Macaluso
Elizabeth Kline
Mikel Stone
Marissa Alcorta
Cecilia Ramírez
Enrique Serna
Richard Ruiz
Carla Stoffle
Jacquie Welsh



Latino Literacy Round Table 2012

A Focus on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Friday March 9, 2012


Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch Library

1607 S. 6th Ave., 85713


SIRLS and REFORMA Tucson would like to invite the Tucson and surrounding communities to participate in a roundtable discussion focusing on the role of Latino children’s and young adult literature in 21st century society and culture.


In this, the inaugural year for our program, we will set aside space to discuss the contributions of Latino literature to Latino communities and to society at large. Timed in conjunction with the Tucson Festival of Books, this roundtable will be a celebration of Latino literature, a showcase of Latino culture, and a challenging discussion about the role of Latino voices in American literary life.


We acknowledge that all literature plays a major role in identity formation; it effects how we see ourselves and understand the world around us. Latino literature plays a particularly important role, as it helps keep our communities vital by representing our culture honestly, from a Latino perspective. So too does it help to prove the way for greater respect and understanding in mainstream society. Latino literature serves as teacher, mentor, and ambassador. It reminds us of who we are and from where we came. Our literature grounds us and situates the context of our lives. Without this orientation much would be lost. In the absence of Latino literature, our communities come under the threat of being rewritten, and our cultures revised to better fit the dominant narrative.


Even as Tucson strives to fulfill a mission of greater respect, civility and inclusiveness inspired by the Tucson Tragedy of January 8, 2011; we are confronted with divisive legislation (Arizona SB 1070) that serves to single out our communities and expose the most vulnerable members of our community to increased prejudice and repression.

Let it be said that we exist in a time of crisis, one punctuated by the dismantling of Chicano Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. Indeed, TUSD has sanctioned a regime of censorship; we exist in a time where specific, Latino titles have been targeted and have literally been removed from the classroom. While it is true that books are not yet burning in Tucson, seven Latino titles have been placed under lock and key. This has had an immediate chilling effect on the teaching of a broad range of Latino titles beyond the outlaw seven.


We hope to meditate on this question of censorship and expression, on this criminalization of culture, and the future of Latino children’s and young adult literature.



Join us as SIRLS and REFORMA Tucson welcomes:


Sarah Cortez, author of How to Undress a Cop (2000) and editor of Windows into my World: Latino Youths Write Their Lives (2007). (


René Colato Lainez, author of The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez (2011), My Shoes and I (2011), René Has Two Last Names (2010), Let's Play Football/ Juguemos al futból (2012) and more. (


Sam Quiñones, author of Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream (2008), and True Tales from Another Mexico (2001) (



This event is free and open to the public



  • Schedule of Events
    • 1:30-2:30 Author presentations
    • 2:30–3:15 Poster session & refreshments
    • 3:15-4:00 Roundtable discussion
    • 4:10-4:30 Recap
    • 4:30-4:40 Despedida
    • 4:40-5:00 Book signing


  • Call for posters
  • Links
    • Author websites
    • Tucson Festival of Books
    • Tucson Arts Brigade
    • List of outlaw books
  • Contact Information
  • Map
  • Organizing Committee (bios)

Patricia Montiel-Overall

Kristen Cure

Mikel Stone

Natalia Phillips-Portillo

Monica Farmer