Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Library of Congress. (n.d). About Hispanic heritage month. NationalHispanicHeritageMonth.org. Retrieved from http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

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First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate

Our display theme, U.S. Latino Voices, is in honor of Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. You can read more about Herrera, who is from Fresno, here.
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Book List

Here is the list of books we have on display inside the Library. Our display features U.S. Latino voices. All of these except reference books can be checked out.

B DEL Jessie De la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker by Gary Soto

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

B SOT A Summer Life by Gary Soto


F ALV How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1992) by Julia Alvarez
F ANA Bless Me, Ultima (1994) by Rudolfo Anaya

F CIS The House on Mango Street (2003) by Sandra Cisneros

F JIM The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1997) by Francisco Jiménez

F VIL Weeping Woman: La Llorona and Other Stories (1993) by Alma Luz Villanueva

F VIL Macho! (1991) by Victor Villaseñor

398.089 CAS Chicano Folklore: A Guide to the Folktales, Traditions, Rituals, and Religious Practices of Mexican-Americans (2001) by Rafaela G. Castro

810.9868 KEV Latino Literature in America (2003) by Bridget Kevane

810.9868 NOR The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011) edited by Ilan Stavans

810.9868 UNI U.S. Latino Literature: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers (2000) edited by Harold Augenbraum and Margarite Fernández Olmos

810.98687 CAS Literatura Chicana: Texto y Contexto/Chicano Literature: Text and Context (1972) por/by Antonia Castañeda Shular, Tomás Yharra-Frausto, and/y Joseph Sommers


REF 810.9868 KAN Hispanic Literature of the United States: A Comprehensive Reference (2003) by Nicolás Kanellos

REF 810.9868 RAM Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature (2008) by Luz Elena Ramirez

REF 860.9 HIS Hispanic Literature Criticism (1999) edited by Susan Salas

REF 980.9 MOS Vol. 1 Latin American Literature and Its Times from World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them (1999) by Joyce Moss and Lorraine Valestuk

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Ethnic News Watch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish), and comprehensive full-text database of newspapers, magazines, and journals by the ethnic, minority, and native press.

Latino American Experience is a database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos.

Social Media & Websites

Here are some online resources with collections dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Library of Congress Pinterest board

U.S. National Archives Pinterest board

Smithsonian Institution Pinterest board

Exhibits and Collections from the Library of Congress and participating agencies

Images from the Library of Congress and participating agencies

Audio/Visual from the Library of Congress and participating agencies
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Who are your favorite Latino or Hispanic authors or poets?

Add your response to our banner outside the Library doors across from the Open Computer Lab!