Monday, September 27, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month

The term Hispanic refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. Over the past two weeks, you may have noticed a new display in the front hallway. Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15th, which is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. This official celebration through mid-October, but we can learn about and enjoy Hispanic culture and history throughout the year.

Come to the library to find many great books and resources and learn more about Hispanic Heritage! You may search the Destiny catalogue for the subject or take a peek at our Hispanic Heritage Resource ListYou might also check out these great websites with more information about Hispanic culture and history:

Brooklyn Expedition: Latin America
A collaborative project of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, this site is a springboard to discussions to ancient and modern Latin American cultures, history and animals.*

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage – Scholastic
Scholastic’s Teacher site offers information on famous Latinos and Hispanic history and culture. Check out the Piñata Concentration Game and practice your Spanish!

Hispanic Heritage Month – Fact Monster
This page, by Fact Monster, offers information, games, quizzes, and statistics about Hispanic Heritage. 

The Little Blog, or los bloguitos, is a web log for young boys and girls who speak and read Spanish. Here they will find stories, poems, rhymes, pictures, and much more. Los Bloguitos es un blog para niños y niñas que hablan y leen español. Encontrarás cuentos, poesías, adivinanzas, dibujos y mucho más.*

* Source: ALA | Great Web Sites for Kids. (n.d.). ALA | Home - American Library Association. Retrieved September 26, 2010, from

Be sure to check out our front hall display!