A personal story from Susan, a library assistant at Troutdale Library:
My mom, who is originally from Mexico, is not much of a reader, and by "not much," I mean the last book she read was when she was a teenager. She has a hard time finding the time to read let alone finding a book in Spanish that she thinks she would enjoy. A couple months ago, she asked me to get her a copy of the book “All the Light We Cannot See,” because a coworker told her about it, and it piqued her interest. She wanted the book in her preferred language, Spanish, but the library did not own it. What she didn't know at the time was that she could suggest a purchase for her library! So, that is what I did, and a few weeks later the book was in our catalog and on the hold shelf waiting for her. She was so excited about this that she is actually reading the book and is now looking for more books in Spanish about WWII to read when she is done! The last few times I went to visit her, she proudly showed me the dent she has made with her reading. And that is how the library won my mom’s heart.