I am “Mrs. Mac,” a Librarian holding a BS and MS in Elementary Education, and an MLS in Library Science. I have been an Elementary teacher, as well as an Elementary, Middle and High School Librarian. I have also been a Technology Teacher, and a Substitute Teacher. I am now an Elementary School Librarian once again.

I am actively involved with the American Library Association (ALA), and the Children and Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC) of The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). In addition I am a member of YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), as well as REFORMA de Florida and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). I am also a member of FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education.)

I am very proud to have been selected as an ALA Spectrum Scholar in 2007, and to have won the competition to give the graduating speech for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Class of 2008 at Simmons College in Boston. Go Sharks!

I love to read and review books, so have put those loves together into this Blog.

I’d like to give a “shout out” and “thank you” to all the publishers who regularly send me ARC’s (Advanced Reading Copies) in either a hard copy or ebook version in return for an honest review. It is always fun getting to meet them at ALA’s National Conferences, and seeing the books on store shelves AFTER I’ve read them and BEFORE everyone else. You can get this same feeling by checking out ARC reviews on my blog.

Have fun reading my reviews, and be sure to ask yourself “Should I Read it or Not?”

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Alma,
    Thank you so much for your review of my debut novel, A World Away. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and that you took the time to share your thoughts with the readers of your blog.
    All good wishes,
    Nancy Grossman

    1. You’re quite welcome. I really enjoyed reading “A world away,” and can’t wait to read your next book. Congratulations.

  2. Hello Alma,

    My name is Eloísa Pérez-Lozano and I am the events and publicity coordinator at Arte Público Press. Thank you for reviewing our children’s book, Let’s Salsa! on the Latina Lista website this past December.

    As you may know, Arte Público Press is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. We were the original publishers of Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and other well-known Latino authors like Gary Soto, Denise Chavez, and Ana Castillo. We launched an imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, in 1994.

    I saw on your blog that you review young adult books and so I was wondering if you would be interested in receiving galleys or finished books from us.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Eloísa Pérez-Lozano
    Events & Publicity Coordinator
    Arte Público Press
    University of Houston
    4902 Gulf Fwy, Bldg 19, Rm 100
    Houston, TX 77204-2004
    FAX: 713-743-2847

    1. Hola Eloisa. I would be happy to review Young Adult books or galleys for Arte Publico Press. The work your publisher does in spreading the word about Latino/a authors and illustrators is well known. Thank you for thinking of me. I will send you an email with my information.

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