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Sunday, September 13, 2015

National Hispanic Heritage Month

I've been doing more research as I peruse the shelves and I discovered it's National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15).  Did you know the term Hispanic or Latino, refers to person of Puerto Rican, South or Central American, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Cuban or other Spanish culture or origin?  Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country.  They have a strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.  

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 and begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries:  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) which is October 12.  

The library owns a lot of books on countries whose primary language is Spanish.  There are books about Central America, South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba to name a few.  Did you also know that we have some cooking books to help you make some delicioso meals or snacks?  One of my favorite snacks is gucamole.  It just so happens that Gucamole Day is September 16!  I found a great recipe in one of our books about Mexican food.  It's so easy to make!

1.  Cut 2 avocados in half lengthwise and remove the stones.
2.  Use a spoon to hollow out the green, fleshy part of the avocados.  Put the flesh into the bowl.

3.  Mash the avocado flesh using the back part of a fork.  Add 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice.  
4.  Chop one green onion and 2 tablespoons green chili.  Peel and mince the garlic.  Add all to the avocado and stir well.
5.  Chop up 1/2 of a tomato into small pieces.  Add the pieces to the avocado and stir well.
6.  Serve with chips and ENJOY!!
 Recipe taken from:  The Young Chef's Mexican Cookbook 

While you are coming in to check out some great cooking books, why not check out some great literary works by some wonderful Hispanic authors.  One of my favorites is Pam Muñoz Ryan.  She has written some great titles such as Esperanza Rising and Becoming Naomi León.  The library owns both titles in English and in Spanish!  Some other authors are Yuyi Morales, Gary Soto, Pat Mora, Alma Flor Ada and Rudolfo Anaya.  Check out their books anytime and discover some great stories.  We also have a World Languages section in Youth Services which houses many books written in Spanish! So come on in and ¡Celebra! National Hispanic Heritage Month!
  




South American books

Central America books
Mexico books
Puerto Rico books
Mexican Cooking books

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