Top Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Resources | September 29, 2017

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From September 15, which is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

With many schools, libraries and organizations observing the month, and others who may be looking for ways to incorporate programming related to Hispanic heritage, here are some useful resources.

Websites

The website for National Hispanic Heritage Month contains a comprehensive collection of exhibits, collection, images, videos and resources for teachers like lesson plans activities and more. The site also contains links to other relevant websites such as the Smithsonian Institution Hispanic Resources and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Primary Source Resources

The Library of Congress offers Primary Source Sets on Hispanic Exploration in America and Mexican American Migration and Communities.

The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collections includes content from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, the largest national project to preserve and disseminate Latino-Hispanic culture of the United States. The content is available through two collections: Series 1 presents curated content pertaining to Hispanic history, literature, political commentary and culture in the form of articles, books, pamphlets and more; Series 2 presents thematic content focusing on the evolution of Hispanic civil rights, religious thought, and the growing presence of women writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

ABC-CLIO’s American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience tells of the Latino experience first-hand, through the voices of Latino authors and contributors. Featuring more than 200 volumes of unique content, the database includes hundreds of primary source documents such as maps, images, audio clips, interviews, music files, speeches, documents, links to relevant websites and other material.

Books, Magazines and Newspapers

EBSCO librarian Kendal Spires curated a list of relevant graphic novels from the Graphic Novels Core Collection™ and created a downloadable flyer.

Referencia Latina offers full-text content from prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries as well as magazines, health reports, reference books and images.

The Diverse Books EBSCO eBooks Collection contains many fiction and nonfiction books that are written by and about Latinas, Latinos and Hispanic people.

Flipster offers 24/7 access to Spanish language editions of popular magazines including People en Español, Newsweek en Español and a variety of Cricket Media titles for children. For National Hispanic Heritage Month, patrons can also access Patagon Journal to learn more about the culture, heritage, and landscape of Chile and Argentina, download original Spanish articles from Vocable, or access lifestyle and political titles including Foreign Affairs Latinamérica, LUHHO, Ecología Política and ¡Hola!

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