Let’s Explore Hispanic Heritage

hispanic heritageExplore Hispanic heritage and see how it has shaped American culture. Hispanic culture has been part of “America” longer than the United States has existed.

The Library has gather books, eBooks, databases, lesson plans and more to help you explore Hispanic culture.

Visit Hot Topic – Hispanic Heritage to get started exploring.

Literary Stamp Honoree

Julia de Burgos stampOn September 20, Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos will be  posthumously honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the unveiling of the 26th stamp in the Literary Arts series. De Burgos–one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets–was a revolutionary writer and activist who wrote more than 200 poems about such issues as love, feminism and political and personal freedom. Born in poverty in Puerto Rico, the oldest of 13 children, she moved to New York as a young woman. A samples of her work  and books about her will be found in the Library catalog by doing a keyword search on her name – Julia de Burgos.

Additional information will be found in these great online resources:

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Besides the online resources the Library purchases, Gale offers free range of resources to help users study and celebrate Hispanic Heritage.

Library also provides these quality online resources you can use with your library card and PIN:

!Informe!, an electronic periodical resource in Spanish, provides a powerful, easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users and offers users full text articles from the most popular Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals.

To customize any Gale Infotrac periodical product’s interface into Spanish follow the instructions available here.

Hot Topics – Hispanic Heritage – contains additional online resources, books, and websites to help you explore Hispanic Heritage.

Featured Hot Topic – Hispanic Heritage Month

Looking for recipes, famous people, activities, events to help with your Hispanic Heritage report?  Be sure to see our InfoGuide – Hispanic Heritage. Here you will find 24/7 – online resources; local, regional, and national websites; books; cultural information and activities. It’s better than Google!

Honoring Hispanic Americans

National Hispanic Awareness Month is an annual celebration of the culture, traditions, achievements and heritage of Hispanic Americans.

National Hispanic Awareness Month is held annually from September 15 to October 15 in honor of the anniversary of several Latin American nations’ independence. The monthly commemoration was created as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a month-long observance in 1988. Hispanic Americans, the largest minority group in the United States, play a prominent role in all facets of American society and culture.

Not only have Hispanic Americans shaped popular culture, but their increasing representation in government and media highlights their larger influence on American life. The October SIRS Knowledge Spotlight of the Month commemorates the myriad contributions of Hispanic Americans and emphasizes the diversity of Hispanic culture in the United States.

Learn more about notable Hispanic Americans and trace Hispanic culture’s unique impact on the American experience in the following SIRS articles and online destinations:


1. Latinos, Hispanics or What?

2. Latinas and the 2008 Presidential Election

3. Some US Hispanics Trace Their Jewish Roots

4. Hispanic Women in America: The Demographic Picture

5. One-In-Five Speak Spanish in Four States

6. U.S. Schools Adjust to Growing Hispanic Population


Periscope: Hispanic Heritage Month

Student Activities & Teacher Resources

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage!


“Every school child should know that the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the United States is St. Augustine, Florida (founded in 1565) and that Hispanic culture had a firm root in the Southeast and the Southwest of what became the United States before the English arrived at Jamestown and before the Pilgrims dropped anchor in Massachusetts Bay… [T]he Spanish, Hispanicized Africans and Amerindians and their mixed-blood descendants provided the basis for the development of much of American agriculture, mining, transportation grid, city planning, architecture and even law in the Southeast and Southwest. For example, such concepts as the right of women to inherit and own property, homestead rights, and the rights of adopted children to be treated the same as genetic offspring are examples of originally Hispanic legal principles that touch us today in the very heart of our existence: our families.”
America: The Last 100 Years,” Hispanic, Dec 1999

SIRS Knowledge Source Read more articles from our Spotlights by logging on to our SIRS Knowledge Source® feature page. (Hispanic Americans available during the month of october 2009)