Guest blog: “Things have really changed…”

REFORMA Colorado's 2023 Conference through the eyes of travel reimbursement recipient

This was authored by Maria DeHerrera, Library Director at Conejos Library District, recipient of the inaugural Colorado State Library travel reimbursement for the annual REFORMA Colorado Chapter’s conference. 

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I was so proud of my culture seeing all my Latino colleagues speaking Spanish while doing their presentations. When I was growing up going to school, we were not allowed to speak Spanish in school. Things have really changed.

We are working on putting some Cultural LiLab bags together to use it the future with our program’s great idea. I really enjoyed the “Programas para familias” by Alberto Pelicer Ferrand. We are going to try and do some programming in the park this summer. All in all, the conference was great thanks for the invite.


Learn more about Maria’s founding work with Conejos Library District and the dedication of the Conejos County Library Maria DeHerrera Branch in her name. 


Cristy Moran