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:
- Library of Congress- Happy Day of the Race
- Huffington Post Columbus Day 2015: What Is The Day Of The Race? Latin America Celebrates Día De La Raza Instead Of Italian Explorer
- Origins and Historical Significance of Dia de la Raza (John Tyler users only)
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!
Midlothian Circulating Collection HQ1236.5.M6 K56 2015
Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection KF8745.S67 F45 2010
Midlothian Circulating Collection E184.S75 S73 2012
Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection F1414 .W56 2006
Midlothian Circulating Collection E183.8.C9 H39 2015
Chester & Midlothian Circulating Collection F1799.H35 C66 2014
Midlothian Circulating Collection PQ8097.N4 A7513 2015
Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3617.U25 N54 2015
Chester Circulating Collection N6550 .S6
Chester Circulating Collection F1226 .K57 2010
Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3604.E129 G63 2015
Midlothian DVD Collection F1971 .Y627 2007
Midlothian Popular Reading Collection PS3619.H667 B33 2015
Midlothian Circulating Collection F1975.A45 D46 2015
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!