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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) at your hometown library! Throughout American history, Hispanic Americans have made enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation. This demographic can trace its roots back to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Carribean. Hispanic Americans even explored and settled the future United States before the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower. Today, Hispanic Americans are known for their achievements in every field imaginable, from science to entertainment, from military service to art and literature.

This year, join the festivities! Norman Public Library's Hispanic Festival will take place Sunday, September 18 from 1:00-6:00 pm. The Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Purcell Public Library will be held Friday, September 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Both fiestas will feature live music and dancing, art, food, and more. Bring your friends and family and help us celebrate this vibrant culture and its vital place in the history and future of the United States.

If you can't make it to either party, you can still learn about Hispanic heritage with a great book! Here are some suggestions for readers of all ages.

For Adults

Hispanic America

Hispanic America: Freeing the Free/Honoring Heroes by Roger A. Hammer

Discusses contributions by Hispanic Americans to mainstream American culture, from the landing of Columbus to such recent developments as farm worker advocacy and bilingual education.




The Latino Holiday Book

The Latino Holiday: From Cinco de Mayo to Dia de los Muertos -- the Celebrations and Traditions of Hispanic-Americans by Valerie Menard

Authoritative and beautifully designed, "The Latino Holiday Book" discusses each holiday's religious or social history, typical customs, and special foods or activities, and gives recipes or instructions for making authentic foods and crafts that represent that day's traditions.



Everything You Need to Know About Latino History

Everything You Need to Know about Latino History by Himilce Novas

More than 35 million Latinos live in the U.S., a number that has increased 58 percent since 1990; by the year 2005, Latinos will surpass African Americans as the country's largest minority. In an easy-to-read question-and-answer format, readers will learn about: - Political, social, and economic trends affecting Latin Americans emigrating to the U.S. - Recent events involving Latinos, such as the Elian Gonzalez case and Linda Chavez's Secretary of Labor nomination - Latino entertainers, from Tito Puente to Shakira - The latest Census data Everything You Need to Know About Latino History is a comprehensive look at this multifaceted, vibrant, and influential culture.



For Teens

The Hispanic American Experience

The Hispanic American Experience by Sandy Donovan

The Hispanic American Experience shines a spotlight on Hispanic Americans and their many exciting contributions to American society. From musicians and artists to actors and athletes, Hispanic Americans enrich American life.



Latino USA: A Cartoon History

Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans

Latino USA represents the culmination of Ilan Stavans's lifelong determination to meet the challenges of capturing the joys, nuances, and multiple dimensions of Latino culture within the context of the English language. In this cartoon history of Latinos, Stavans seeks to combine the solemnity of so-called "serious literature" and history with the inherently theatrical and humorous nature of the comics. The range of topics includes Columbus, Manifest Destiny, the Alamo, William Carlos Williams, Desi Arnaz, West Side Story, Castro, Guevera, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Neruda, García Márquez, the Mariel Boatlift, and Selena. Stavans represents Hispanic civilization as a fiesta of types, archetypes, and stereotypes.


Hunger of Memory

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez

Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum. Here is the poignant journey of a “minority student” who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation — from his past, his parents, his culture — and so describes the high price of “making it” in middle-class America. Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education,Hunger of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language ... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.



For Kids


Fiesta!: A Celebration of Latino Festivals by Sherry Shahan

Twelve Latino festivals, one for each month of the year, are described in brief poems of accompanied by short explanatory paragraphs. Some of the celebrations, such as Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos, will be familiar; others that are very specific to certain countries or ethnic groups may not be.



A Kid's Guide to Latino History

A Kid's Guide To Latino History: More than 70 Activities by Valerie Petrillo

A Kid’s Guide to Latino History features more than 50 hands-on activities, games, and crafts that explore the diversity of Latino culture and teach children about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Hispanic American history. Kids can: * Fill Mexican cascarones for Easter * Learn to dance the merengue from the Dominican Republic * Write a short story using “magical realism” from Columbia * Build Afro-Cuban Bongos * Create a vejigante mask from Puerto Rico * Make Guatemalan worry dolls * Play Loteria, or Mexican bingo, and learn a little Spanish * And much more!


Here Is My Kingdom

Here Is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People by Charles Sullivan.

Here Is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People is a vital and colorful anthology - the first of its kind - that illuminates the many facets of the Hispanic-American experience. To capture the spirit, vitality, and diversity of the Hispanic heritage, Here Is My Kingdom covers a broad spectrum of cultures and origins and spans history from Columbus and Cortes to Cesar Chavez. Through the poems, texts, and illustrations the reader can explore many kingdoms: Spain and Portugal; the Mayas and Aztecs; the kingdom of God; the mythical kingdom of Aztlan, said by some to have existed where New Mexico and Arizona are today.


Hispanic Scientists

Hispanic scientists : Ellen Ochoa, Carlos A. Ramirez, Eloy Rodriguez, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Maria Elena Zavala by Jetty St. John.

Provides biographical profiles of five Hispanic American scientists of this century, including Carlos Ramierez, Ellen Ochoa, Eloy Rodriguez, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, and Maria Elena Zavala.

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