Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month

Throughout the year the Library celebrates several groups with displays of posters and books. From Spetember 15 through October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritiage Month. Unlike the other month-long celebrations Hispanic Heritage starts in the middle of one month and ends in the middle of the next. This is because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua achieved independence on September 15th. Mexico achieved independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1974, when President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic Heritage Week into a month-long observation.

Some titles in the Bessie Chin Library to consider reading during Hispanic Heritage Month are:

Books by Gary Soto including: California Childhood: Recollections and Stories of the Golden State; Living Up the Street: Narrative Recollections; A Summer Life; Who Will Know Us: New Poems
Books by Julia Alvarez including: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents; In the Time of the Butterflies; Saving the World; Something to Declare
Books by Nicholasa Mohr including: El Bronx Remembered; Going Home; In Nueva Yorka
Books by Rudolfo Anaya including: Bless Me. Ultima; Benedicime, Ultima; Aztlan: Essays on the Chicano Homeland; My Land Sings: Stories from the Rio Grande
A book by Esmeralda Santiago: When I was Puerto Rican
Books by Isabel Allende including: Daughter of Fortune; House of the Spirits; Cuentos de Eva Luna; Zorro: A Novel
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States and Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States edited by Lori Marie Carlson
A book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind: A Novel
Books by Gabriel García Márquez including: One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Autumn of the Patriarch; The General in His Labyrinth
Here Is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People by Charles Sullivan
Books by Judith Ortiz Cofer including: Latin Deli: Prose and Poems
Books by Jimmy Santiago Baca including: Black Mesa Poems; Immigrants in Our Own Land & Selected Early Poems; A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet
A book by David Rice: Crazy Loco: Stories
Books by Richard Rodriguez including: Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez; Brown: The Last Discovery of America; Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father
Books by Oscar Hijuelos including: Mr. Ives' Christmas; The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Books by Piri Thomas including: Down These Mean Streets; Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
Latinos: A Biography of the People by Earl Shorris
Books by Jorge Luis Borges including: The Book of Imaginary Beings; The Book of Sand

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