Castle Herald

September 2022

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Celebrate National 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 September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Students and staff can check out books from our National Hispanic Heritage Month display in the Sharon CASTLE Library to enjoy stories about Hispanic culture and stories by Hispanic authors and illustrators! Below are some suggested titles owned by our Sharon Elementary C.A.S.T.L.E. Library.

Source: Congress, The Library of, et al. National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2019, 2020,

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Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok are less than two weeks away! This year, the harvest festival falls on September 10th. Some fun facts about the festival: There's a Chinese folktale that the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty was overthrown because of hidden messages smuggled in mooncakes that called for revolt.

Songpyeon, Korean rice cakes, are shaped like a half-moon with its filling. There's a Korean legend about a rival between two kingdoms: Baekje and Silla. An encrypted message found on a turtle's back stated that Baekje is full-moon and Silla is half-moon. It was interpreted that a full moon would tilt and a half-moon would gradually grow. Silla defeated Baekje, and since then - the half-moon has been an auspicious symbol of a bright future.

In Vietnam, this festival is known as Tết Trung Thu, or sometimes Tết Thiếu Nhi or the Children's Festival. It is said that oritinally Tết Trung Thu was a chance to celebrate the harvest, as well as a chance for parents to make up for lost time with their children after a busy harvest season.

The origins of this festival date back 3,000 years! - Asian Lit for Kids

Below are some Sharon Elementary Library book suggestions to celebrate and/or learn more about this festival.

New Books!

In each monthly, C.A.S.T.L.E. Herald, you can read about featured new books that have been added to our school's collection!

Resources for Families

How-to View Your Library Book Checkouts

Did you know that any library patron (students, teachers, staff) can view what they have checked out from our school library? Watch this short video on How-to-View Your Library Book Checkouts to learn an easy way to verify whether your books are soon-to-be due or overdue. All 1st - 5th grade students are shown this feature at the beginning of the school year, but some forget that this feature is available to them through ClassLink.

Ginny Daniels, Media Specialist

I'm the certified, Media Specialist at Sharon Elementary School. This is my 9th year in the library and my 21st year as an elementary educator.