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Rocío Espinoza Brings the Library to Her Community

Meet Rocío Espinoza!

Meet Rocío!

Q&A With Rocío Espinoza - Hillsboro Public Library Community Liaison Coordinator

Why did you choose to work at the library?

I value diversity, inclusiveness, fairness, and found these values ​​in libraries. Libraries provide spaces where we are all welcome; no matter the age, origin or religious beliefs.  Everyone has access to the services offered, and will be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. The library connects you to the community.

Originally, I studied literature and folk dance, so I saw myself creating literary and artistic pieces for the stage. When I came to Oregon, my first jobs were at the Centro Cultural of Washington County, as a folklore teacher and later as coordinator of art and culture, which gave me the opportunity to interact with other organizations, including the Cornelius Library.

It was Stephanie Lind who gave me the opportunity to get involved in cultural programs in the library. I discovered that I could use my skills to serve the community, promote, create, and educate both the community and staff in cultural aspects.

What are some of your favorite things?

I write poetry and short stories and like to watch foreign movies. My favorite poet is Jaime Sabines. Favorite authors are Laura Esquivel, Mario Benedetti and Megan Maxwell. Listening to music is essential.

I love to eat everything and discover new restaurants. My favorite dishes are green mole (Mexico) and shrimp encocado (Ecuador).

I love spending time with my family – from Oregon to Ecuador.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I wanted to be a flight attendant and singer ...

What do you like best about your job?

I work collaboratively with schools, parents and other community organizations to promote library resources. We are always looking for innovative ways for there to be library support to the community.