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September 15, 2020 | Devin Cook

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year in the United States from September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. First introduced as National Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was later expanded by Congress during the Reagan presidency. Many of our Central American neighbors celebrate their national independence from Spain on September 15th (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), September 16th (Mexico), September 18th (Chile), and September 21st (Belize). 

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the lives and contributions of Americans whose ancestors originate in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, or Spain. At the library, you can find many titles to enjoy that were written by, performed by, or feature Hispanic or Latinx voices! 

Check out some great music, available on Freegal, Hoopla, or in CD format!

Here are some new and popular titles that you can read online or by placing a hold and picking it up at the library.

For adults:

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Always Running by Luis J. Rodríguez

AOC by Lynda Lopez

The Book of Anna by Carmen Boullosa 

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo 

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

A Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia 

On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera

Ripper by Isabela Allende 

Running by Natalia Sylvester 

Spirit Run by Noe Alvarez

Want to attend a virtual book club meeting? This month we are reading My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel for Rainbow Book Club. Join us on September 24th at 6 PM on Zoom!

For Young Adult Fiction:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova 

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite 

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera 

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos 

We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Juvenile Titles:

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer 

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar 

Rooting For Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta 

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

Early Books: 

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle 

Diez Perritos by Alma Flor Ada

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales 

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle 

Islandborn by Junot Diaz

Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor 

Mango Moon by Diane De Anda 

Me Llamo Celia by Monica Brown

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third

Below are some movies featuring Latinx stories, ranging from family friendly to Rated R, for English speakers or Spanish speakers, that are available to check out.

We hope you celebrate Hispanic and Latinx culture and history during Hispanic Heritage Month by checking out some of these titles!