want all kids to be bi-lingual,” Brian Reynolds
says. He has been studying and using Spanish
since he was twelve.
Reynolds, the director of the San
Luis Obispo City-County Library, serves each
year as the interpreter for a Rotary Club project
in Compostela in the Mexican state of Nayarit, a
mountainous region on the west coast of the
country. Among other things, the service
club helped run an audiology clinic for children
in Compostela and has supplied household
appliances for a home for the elderly.
Luis Obispo Library Director Brian Reynolds.
February 2006 issue of The
Rotarian, the magazine representing Rotary
International, featured Reynolds in an article
about his service work for his local Rotary club,
which has involved him every year since 1994 in
collaboration with the Rotary club in Compostela.
joined Rotary International in 1984. He has
been director of the San Luis Obispo City-County
Library for 13 years, in charge of a system that
serves 250,000 customers on the central California
coast. Last year the library restored
library service in Oceano, a mostly Hispanic
community in an unincorporated part of the county,
after a hiatus of 30 years. Remarkably, the
library system raised the money to build and
maintain the new branch without raising taxes.
Donations were made by individuals and service
clubs, and the branch library opened on the
grounds of an elementary school on October 22.
involvement in Rotary service projects to Latin
America began before he moved to San Luis Obispo
. As director of the Siskiyou
County Library, he led a Rotary group study
exchange to an agricultural region in Chile in
1990, for example.
an undergraduate enrolled at the University of
California, Berkeley, Reynolds studied at the
University Madrid. He earned his library
degree at UCLA and then worked for a year in
Nicaragua as an academic librarian.
believes that his fluency in Spanish helped him
get the job in San Luis Obispo, where he has used
it to write publicity for summer reading programs,
help program a website, plan outreach programs,
and share in the translation of paperwork.
Serving the Spanish-speaking community in San Luis
Obispo County has been key to his success as
library director for the city and county.