Hispanic Heritage Month

The United States is known for being a cultural melting pot.  Our nation contains some of the most diverse communities, including the culturally-rich Hispanic community that thrives throughout our country from coast to coast and beyond. Within the Hispanic community, you can find even more diversity from the various nationalities that comprise the term Hispanic.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) celebrates (Library of Congress, 2015), “the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”  This month long celebration began as a week to commemorate this community in 1968.  In 1988, it became an entire month under President Reagan.  The reason the month runs from mid-September to mid-October is to recognize many of the independence celebrations of Latin American countries. Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence days during this period.  Towards the end of Hispanic Heritage month, on October 12th, Columbus Day and Dia de la Raza are celebrated (LoC, 2015).  While many Americans are familiar with Columbus Day, a day that recognizes Christopher Columbus’ impact on discovery of the Americas; however, Dia de la Raza may not be familiar.  Dia de la Raza or The Day of the Race, aims to celebrate the indigenous cultures that were affected by the voyages of European explorers and colonizers. For more information on Dia de la Raza see the articles below:

To do our part, the Tyler libraries would like to introduce readers to the resources we have available to honor this month long celebration!  The following resources are available from both the Midlothian and Chester campus libraries!  We encourage you to check them out!



Compañeras : Zapatista Women’s Stories

Midlothian Circulating Collection HQ1236.5.M6 K56 2015






Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream

Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection KF8745.S67 F45 2010






Latino USA

Latino U.S.A. : A Cartoon History

Midlothian Circulating Collection E184.S75 S73 2012







Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean

Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection F1414 .W56 2006






Listen Yankee!

Listen Yankee!  Why Cuba Matters

Midlothian Circulating Collection E183.8.C9 H39 2015






Other Side of Paradise

Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba

Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection F1799.H35 C66 2014







Heights of Macchu Picchu

The Heights of Macchu Picchu 

Midlothian Circulating Collection PQ8097.N4 A7513 2015






Night at the Fiestas

Night at the Fiestas

Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3617.U25 N54 2015






Mexico: A History in Art

Mexico: A History in Art

Chester Circulating Collection N6550 .S6






History of Mexico

The History of Mexico

Chester Circulating Collection F1226 .K57 2010






Gods of Tango

The Gods of Tango

Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3604.E129 G63 2015






Yo Soy Boricua¡Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas! I’m Boricua, just so you know! (Film)

Midlothian DVD Collection F1971 .Y627 2007










Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3619.H667 B33 2015




War Against All Puerto Ricans

War Against All Puerto Ricans : Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Midlothian Circulating Collection F1975.A45 D46 2015






Concina Tropical

Cocina Tropical: The Classic & Contemporary Flavors of Puerto Rico

Midlothian Circulating Collection TX716.P8 S26 2014






There are many more titles, but these are a sample from both campus libraries.  If you want more resources, search the JTCC Libraries’ Catalog!

This article has 1 comment

  1. nathan

    Hi.. had a good read. I am more interested in ” Mexico: A History in Art ” but i am unable to find it in Play Store.

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