Daly City Public Library Associates


Rose Castillo Guilbault captivates audience with her story –


“Farmworker’s Daughter – Growing up Mexican in America”


“I relived my parents experience” said one of the over 25 attendees at the recent author talk at Peninsula del Rey.  The audience was treated to a fascinating tale of Rose’s journey from Mexico as a child to the farming community of King City, CA.  She read bits of the memoir and then embellished with additional memories.


Rose Castillo Guilbault was introduced by DCPLA board member, Supervisor Adrienne Tissier who shared with the audience Rose’s incredible bio.  Ms. Tissier shared a bit of the memoir that told of how important the library, and library card was to Rose as a young student struggling to learn English and understand the new culture – which oftentimes was brutal to newcomers.


Rose was fortunate to have a strong mentor in a woman journalist, with whom she become very close and kept in touch. This relationship triggered her passion for journalism and learning.  Rose continued to return to her community even while attending Junior College, working with “Conveyor Belt Ladies” which was a higher paying job.  One story that still makes Rose emotional was the last day she worked at the plant and one of the women said:  “Don’t come back.  Make us proud, hija”.


And she did.