Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
Fall’s almost here, which means the weather stops being 100 degrees outside and you see the return of your favorite pumpkin-spiced treats (yes, even pumpkin flavored kit kats). While the leaves change to vibrant hues of orange and red, September marks a crucial period that deserves recognition.
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th and celebrates the heritage, contributions, and cultures of American Hispanic and Latinx communities.
What once started as Hispanic Heritage week in 1968 expanded to cover a 30-day period beginning in 1988.
September 15th was chosen as the official start date because it’s the independence day of five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
By celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, we pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latinx Americans that have greatly enriched our nation.
Here at the library, we strive to recognize Hispanic and Latinx authors with powerful voices and significant stories to tell.
Below, you can find captivating titles from a wide range of talented authors. For more reads like this, be sure to check out our book display on the 3rd floor!
And remember, just because National Hispanic Heritage Month ends in October doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring these rich, authentic stories.
Voices like these should be heard all year long.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sanchez
After the death of her beloved sister Olga, Julia struggles to live up to the perfect expectations she set in the eyes of her family.
Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli
A family of four's grim roadtrip across America highlights an immigration crisis at the southwestern border.
Where We Come From
by Oscar Casares
After his mother's abrupt death, 12-year-old Orly is forced to live on the other side of the border with his godmother Nina, who is providing refuge for a young immigrant.
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Feeling unhead and trapped by her strict upbringing, Xiomara channels her frustrations into powerful poems that she longs to share with the world.
This is How you Lose Her
by Junot Diaz
A collection of stories that provide insight on love, loss, and the vulnerability of the human heart.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree
by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
A sheltered young girl and a teenage maid in the 1990's form an unlikely friendship as devestating violence threatens their lives.