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Citizenship & Immigration Resources

Public libraries in Utah play a critical role in connecting residents to the information they need and to the organizations and people who can help address those needs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have established an agreement of collaboration to promote public access to trustworthy citizenship and immigration resources. Libraries are urged to create physical and virtual spaces dedicated to assisting New Americans in their search for immigration and citizenship information and services. Please consider promoting the following resources:

Training for Librarians

  • US Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program
  • Bridges to Citizenship: USCIS and Public Libraries
    The State Library hosted a free webinar conducted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to teach librarians how to expand and enhance their services for immigrants in Utah. In this 1 hr. training Amber Vasek, USCIS Community Relations Officer, explained (1) the unlawful practice of immigration law and how it could affect librarians, (2) resources available to librarians and patrons, and (3) how to create a partnership between the library and USCIS.
  • USCIS Tools and Resources
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited libraries and museums to participate in a webinar to learn about USCIS customer service tools and citizenship education resources. See the Tools and Resources presentation slides (PDF, 3 MB).
  • Beyond the Welcome Sign: Tailoring Immigrant Services for Success
    Archived webinar, originally presented on May 11, 2017, and hosted by WebJunction and Library Journal. There is much more to supporting immigrants and refugees than hanging out a “welcome” sign at your library. Learn innovative approaches to identifying and celebrating immigrant leaders; how to foster networking between native-born and newcomer populations and between immigrant groups of varying national origins; how to highlight immigrant-positive narratives; and more. You’ll be sure to find practical ideas among the multi-pronged strategies that these librarians have used to ensure that new immigrants really do feel welcomed by the library and the community.


For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Culturally Authentic Literature

What is “Culturally Authentic Literature?”

Every individual growing up is surrounded by cultural experiences. Whether these experiences  come from association with family members, friends, social groups or church gatherings, these connections provide the context for the individual’s perception of the world. When removed from that environment, the individual may come across a story that brings back memories of experiences and may say “Yeah, that’s right, I remember that!” These stories or illustrations ring “true” to the reader, because as an insider, i.e. someone who has firsthand knowledge and experience, recognizes fundamental elements from their own cultural background that connects at an emotional level. When that happens, the reader encounters a culturally authentic piece of literature.

“Cultural authenticity can be defined as the extent to which a book reflects the world view of a specific cultural group along with the authenticating details of language and everyday life.”

Source: Kathy Short, Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature

Turn to the Experts for Advice!

In the past 20 years, the number of books published in the United States with stories and illustrations focused on our diversity has increased substantially. Unfortunately, not all of these publications are culturally authentic. So, how do you know if a book is culturally authentic or not, especially if you are not a cultural insider? I recommend starting with these two short articles:

Hispanic/Latino Children

Latino Children’s Book Awards in English – for use in libraries and classrooms An initiative of the State Library to promote culturally authentic literature for all Utah children and their families. Through this initiative, most of the books honored by the Américas Award, Pura Belpré Award and the Tomás Rivera Award are available from the State Library. Public and School Librarians can contact the State Library and request books to be sent directly to their library via Interlibrary Loan.

Américas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Established in 1993, the Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and currently hosted at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Award winners and commended titles are selected for their (1) distinctive literary quality; (2) cultural contextualization; (3) exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and (4) potential for classroom use. The winning book is honored every year at a ceremony in September at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Pura Belpré AwardPura Belpré Award

Established in 1996, the award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. It was given as a biennial award from 1996 through 2008 and annually since then.

Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book AwardTomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award

Established in 1995 and named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University, College of Education, the Tomás Rivera Award is given annually to honor the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults that authentically reflects the lives and experiences of Mexican Americans in the United States.

Native American

Native American Materials for All Ages Special collection available from the State Library. Public and School Librarians can contact the State Library and request books to be sent directly to their library via Interlibrary Loan.

South Asian & Middle Eastern

South Asia Book Award

  • Highlighting Outstanding Literature for Children and Teens. In recent years an increasing number of high-quality children’s and young adult books are published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) will offer a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia.

Middle East Book Award

  • Middle East Outreach Council established the Middle East Book Awards in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East. Books that are nominated for awards are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on their characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. Awards are announced in the Fall for books that were published during the period from January of the previous year through September of the current year.


Children’s Africana Book Awards

  • Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association give annual awards for the best children’s and young adult books on Africa available for purchase in the US. More than 90 awards have been presented to authors and illustrators. Read Africa invites young people to read great books on Africa. Anansi Reads lists great picture books. Sankofa Reads focuses on chapter books. CABA Reads lists winners of the Children’s Africana Book Awards.

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Spanish Resources Available from USL

All of the resources listed on this page on available through Interlibrary Loan.

Book Award and Spanish Language Collections

Collection Development & Marketing

Library Services


Spanish Vocabulary & Pronunciation

Snapshot Day 2014 Results

Here are the pictures submitted by participating libraries.

View by Library in Flickr:

  1. Brigham Young University Library
  2. Dixie State University Library
  3. Kanab City Library
  4. Mt. Pleasant Public Library
  5. Park City Library
  6. Pine View High School
  7. Salt Lake County Library Services – All Branches
  8. Snow College, Huntsman Library
  9. Spring City Elementary School Library
  10. Suncrest Elementary School
  11. USU Eastern Library, Price Campus


For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Snapshot Day Instructions

Before the event

  • Read the Tips to Make Your Library Snapshot Day a Success (PDF)
  • Issue a press release to invite your community to participate in your Snapshot Day (samples available here)
  • Use the logos in your own promotional materials.
  • Customize and use the flyer to promote your Snapshot Day and invite your community to participate.
  • Print off patron comment forms to distribute and collect on Snapshot Day
  • Select a date in February that best works for you and your community
  • Decide how you will handle photo permissions. You are welcome to use this permission form or customize it for your library.

 Submitting your materials

  • Patron Comments: Select the best quotes from your users and prepare a simple one-page paper to share with your community.
  • Photographs: If you want your photos added to the State Library’s Snapshot Day pages, email your best pictures to Photos will be posted in the Snapshot Day Results page, the Utah Snapshot Day Flickr Group, and the Utah Snapshot Day Pinterest Board.
  • Videos: Email your video as an attachment to the State Library at Videos will be posted in the Snapshot Day Results page and the Utah State Library YouTube channel.
  • Permissions are the responsibility of the library collecting the patron comment forms, taking the pictures or recording the video. The State Library will not collect permissions.
  • By submitting your photos or patron comments form to the State Library, you are granting permission to the State Library to use them in print, online or in any other format deemed appropriate.
  • Send us your best stuff!

 Follow Snapshot Day

Awesome results will come from libraries across the Utah.

Utah Library Snapshot Day 2014 in Twitter
Utah Library Snapshot Day 2014 in Facebook


For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Snapshot Forms, Logos & Flyers


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Flyers – Customize for Your Library

2 Inch Stickers

 Patron Comment Forms

Photo Release Forms – Customize for Your Library

Press Releases – Customize for Your Library

Tips to Make your Snapshot Day a Success

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Utah Libraries

Snapshot Day LogoUtah libraries of all types – academic, public, school, special, and tribal – are encouraged to collect stories from patrons and photos of their activities to document the impact library services have every day on the lives of Utah residents.

Why participate on Snapshot Day?

Snapshot Day provides invaluable quotes and pictures of people using Utah libraries that can later be used to support advocacy efforts with local elected officials, school and college administrators, governing boards, donors, and the public.

How much work is it?

This effort can be as simple or elaborate as your library community needs. At a minimum, we recommend that you collect photos, comments, or both. If you want to do more, we recommend you hold special events over a period of time culminating with a grand celebration on Snapshot Day and through out your activities, you request user comments and take photographs.

What do I have to do?

Plan ahead! Take a look at the Instructions for Libraries, and customize the Forms, Logos & Flyers on this site. You do not have to use everything; just use what you need and what makes sense for your library and your community.

 Where can I see results from previous Snapshot Days in Utah?

See the pictures submitted by participating libraries in years past.

 Who is coordinating this advocacy effort?

Currently, there is nobody coordinating a statewide effort.

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Utah Tribal Libraries

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

Norma Naranjo, Director
Education Department
P.O. Box 6104
195 Tribal Center Road
Ibapah, UT 84034
435-234-1140 Ext 211

Great Seal of the Navajo Nation

Navajo Utah Commission

Clarence Rockwell, Executive Director
P.O. Box 570
Montezuma Creek, UT 84534

Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation of Utah

Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation

Mrs. Patty Timbimboo-Madsen, Library Coordinator
707 N Main St
Brigham City, UT 84302
435-734-2286 ext 13

Paiute Indian Tribe

Paiute Tribes of Utah

Ms. Jeanine Borchardt
Education Department
440 N Paiute Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

Skull Valley Band of Goshute

Skull Valley Band of Goshute

Lori Bear
1198 N Main St.
P.O. Box 448
Grantsville, UT 84029

Ute Indian Tribe Uintah and Ouray Reservation Seal

Ute Indian Tribe

Ronne Wopsock, Director
Education Department

Cheryl Lonebear, Librarian
Uintah River High School Library
P.O. Box 190
Fort Duchesne, UT 84026


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Seal

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Griselda Rogers, Director
Education Department

Shannon Grayhair
White Mesa Library
P.O. Box 7096
33 Mesa View Dr.
White Mesa, UT 84511

For more information contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (800) 662-9150 x56769 (Utah toll-free) or (801) 715-6769
Email address

Making the Case for Spanish Language Services