Pat-Med Library Launches New Spanish-Language Facebook Page

Jean Kaleda over at Patchogue-Medford Library just sent me a link to the library’s new Spanish-language Facebook page. The page has everything you’d expect, from hours of operation and special events, to greetings from community members supporting the effort, which is perfect.

The point of language-access is not to create special rights for anyone, just to make government entities, like libraries, accessible to the immigrants whose taxes support them. In the private sector, this is called “customer service” and is a key to business growth. Government needs to follow free enterprise and understand that using language to exclude is just bad business.

Kudos to Jean and her co-workers for understanding that welcoming works.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.